Everyone Has Hope. We do.

Everyone hopes for something in their lives. Maybe to travel the world, be a billionaire, help heal the world and many others. Personally, I hope to have my own happy family living a comfortable life some day. What made me realize was through the Everyone Has Hope event on the 21st of May 2017 at Black Box, Publika Shopping Gallery.

How it all started was through Colin Boyd Shafer, an instructor at Taylors College in Subang Jaya. He worked with Taylors College students as well as United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) volunteers to raise awareness about the refugee community in Kuala Lumpur. They also help to fund-raise in order to bring the photography and digital literacy about this issue to life. This was in 2012.

A close up of ‘hopes’.
As you enter, there is a map where you can stick a sticker to show where you’re from and some hopes.

Recently, Heather Onderick, a former teacher volunteer repurposed the project by including members of the Malaysian community in the digital literacy project bring all their hopes to life.

“Everyone Has Hope is a digital literacy project that aims to bring people together by illuminating the hopes and dreams of a diverse population. In a world full of many contradictions and challenges, hope is something that we need in order to move forward and survive. We believe that our student ambassadors embody hope and support their dedication to making the world around them more conscientious about their hopes and dreams.” – Heather Onderick, Director of Everyone Has Hope Project.

The goal of this project is to shed light that although there is diversity among the community, the hopes and goals a merely the same and also help promote unity and understanding.

Visitors looking at the exhibition

What are the objectives of Everyone Has Hope?

  • To foster understanding between three of Kuala Lumpur’s diverse communities (refugee community, expat community, Malaysian community)
  • To build leadership capacity in young adults
  • To build digital literacy skills amongst young adults
  • To develop project management skills amongst young adults

During the Gala night, few performances were lined up including songs performed by the Ruth Education Centre Refugee Choir and students from International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL).

Ruth Education Centre Refugee Choir performs beautiful hymns.

The whole project was made possible with participation and the team-work of the local and refugee community and advise by Heather Onderick, Director of Everyone Has Hope.

Bella Shand, student of ISKL, performing a heart warming song.
Haruna Suzuki and her dancers, from ISKL High School
Emma Christenson, from ISKL High School also performed a beautiful song about hope.

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So, what’s your hope ?




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