Thanks to @lady.hamilton
, I had the privilege of meeting @sharifah.shakirah
, the founder of @rohingyawomen
, the first and only Rohingya refugee organisation in Malaysia. Their mission is to strengthen and develop Rohingya community through education, skills training, and to empower future Rohingya generations.
was at the United Nations Foundations in Washington D.C. yesterday to discuss ways of localising youth and giving them platforms for advocacy work nationally and internationally, which brought me back to my day out with the Rohingya community.
After the introduction, I wanted to contribute the best I can to such a worthy cause so I donated my time and skills as a photographer to @rohingyawomen
to help them document their sponsored fun day out for the community as they visit the beach at Malacca.
What truly struck me from my time with them is that these women continue to radiate a tremendous amount of joy and love, despite the fact that they are Rohingya genocide survivors and went through unspeakable trauma and hardship as refugees and child brides. Not only they showered my children with an abundance of love and attention (yep I bought the whole family with me!), their wicked sense of humour and zest for life continue to shine through.
I wanted to showcase that strength, resilience and positivity that I’m so humbled by, and captured these incredible people’s candid moments of joy and laughter on that very day. I will continue to help them tell their story and assist their fundraising efforts with my images. Do follow @rohingyawomen
work to see how you can help support their cause. "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." 💕