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Malaysia Home

A few years ago, a long-time supporter of Givelight traveled to Malaysia for work, where he came across an orphanage managed by a dedicated team of volunteers. He encouraged GiveLight’s team to meet with the group of volunteers who, surprisingly, were visiting the Bay Area from Kuala Lumpur in early 2022. Upon meeting with the volunteers, the GiveLight team realized their mission and philosophy aligned with one another. Soon after, GiveLight started sponsoring their children’s iftar (breaking of the fast meal) in Ramadan and their new clothes for the Eid ul-Fitr celebration. Later that summer, GiveLight’s founder Dian Alyan visited the orphanage along with 10 GiveLight volunteers.

Malaysia Home

A few years ago, a long-time supporter of Givelight traveled to Malaysia for work, where he came across an orphanage managed by a dedicated team of volunteers. He encouraged GiveLight’s team to meet with the group of volunteers who, surprisingly, were visiting the Bay Area from Kuala Lumpur in early 2022. Upon meeting with the volunteers, the GiveLight team realized their mission and philosophy aligned with one another. Soon after, GiveLight started sponsoring their children’s iftar (breaking of the fast meal) in Ramadan and their new clothes for the Eid ul-Fitr celebration. Later that summer, GiveLight’s founder Dian Alyan visited the orphanage along with 10 GiveLight volunteers.  

Thank you and salam,

As our vehicle rolled into the tranquil driveway of Rumah Kasih in Paya Jaras, the sun’s gentle embrace enveloped us. The radiant smiles of the children, along with Jamal and his team’s warm reception, instantly painted a scene of homecoming. Conversations flowed effortlessly in Malay, a language reminiscent of my Indonesian roots, while we savored a cool, inviting welcome drink.

A sense of anticipation filled the air as the children queued up, their youthful enthusiasm palpable. In the blink of an eye, they graced us with a mesmerizing performance of “Pencak Silat,” a welcoming ceremony that entailed both drums and martial arts. We then congregated in a hall where over a hundred eager faces awaited our presence.

The program commenced with a moving Quran recitation, followed by an introduction to the orphanage and more captivating performances. It was soon my turn to address the crowd. I shared words of motivation and inspiration, as I always do when surrounded by young minds.

Speaking in Malay, I felt an instant connection with the children. We engaged in a quiz session, allowing them to ask me questions. I inquired who among them had memorized the Quran, and a boy proudly raised his hand. Together, we recited Surah Ar-Rahman, creating a profound moment.

When it was time for the noon prayer, we rushed to perform ablutions and prayed together in the serene space near the outdoor auditorium.

Following our prayers, we proceeded into the courtyard, where I encouraged the boys to demonstrate more “Pencak Silat” moves. Laughter filled the air as I comically struggled with some of the moves. I offered to teach them yoga, a proposition met with eager enthusiasm. Their giggles echoed as many attempted the “tree pose” and playfully swayed left and right.

A hearty lunch awaited us, and we celebrated several birthdays with delicious cakes. Following tradition, I fed each birthday boy and girl a slice. We capped the day with group photos and a tour of the facility, including the children’s bedrooms. It was a visit to remember, and bidding farewell was bittersweet. Despite our brief encounter, a strong bond of affection had formed. I know I will keep coming back, which gave me some solace for leaving them. I am determined to help these children thrive and pursue their dreams. 


My heartfelt gratitude to all my friends who shared this journey with me. May the blessings of love continue to pour on us from the Divine. Ameen!


Kuala Lumpur, July 2022

Current Need

At GiveLight we invest in the long-term success of our children. We feed not just their bodies,  but we nourish their minds and spirits.

Our commitment for this partnership is $50,000/year, which covers everything a child needs for that year including food, clothes, shoes, books, private tutoring, medical expenses, and Eid Gifts. We are looking for 50 sponsors who can contribute $80/month or $1000/year.