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#MyKalsomStories by Meriell Leeza

#MyKalsomStories by Meriell Leeza

To be honest, I honestly wasn’t sure the organisation would accept me again after the stunt I pulled out last year (dropping out literally a day before), but our God is a God of second chances and I seriously can’t believe I had the opportunity to create my very own Kalsom experience.

It was such a humbling and fulfilling journey to watch the students push themselves out their comfort zone. The difference from day 1 to day 5 were so impressive, like they were totally different sets of students! To my kids (Anissa, Fatin, Syida, Irfan, Akmal, Adam, Ku, Khautam, Yaw and Nazrul), please remember you have all the potential in the world! Be brave and always have confidence in everything you do. I hope you do not lose hope on improving yourselves and continue to work hard in achieving everything you want in life.

It was also such a rewarding experience to meet with other people (read: facis and committee) who are so passionate and carry together the same aim. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience it with all of you and I truly admire all your strength and determination – despite being so mentally and physically drained at the end of each day, everyone pushed themselves to carry on and strive to do the best for the sole purpose of helping the kids. It was definitely tough at some moments, but you guys and the students made it all worth it. I hope we’ve left our marks in the hears of the kids.

Shout out to my awesome faci teammates (Ella, Audi and Ezad) and module partner (Aisyah), whoop whoop! You guys are amazeballs *tepuk tepuk good job*

The great thing about being a part of a team in helping out to eradicate education inequality is not only knowing you are making an impact in the lives of youth, but realising every little thing you do for them is significant. As long as you’re doing it with full sincerity – it will definitely give a positive impact. Towards the end of the camp, I realised that even though I came to ‘inspire’ and help, I myself was changed as well. I came to motivate and inspire, but I gained so much more in return.

For me the beauty of this lies in the fact that when you give, you receive so much more in return. In so many ways I do not regret a moment I was there. Thank you for this unforgettable experience, Kalsom Movement!

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