Of course, none of this would be possible without the effort and hard work from the core team, Charmaine Wong, Looi Yih Foo and Esther Yong, along with the non-stop guidance of Yasmin Lane from #BetterCities and also Jinn Low, representative from Friends of Kota Damansara. These dedicated souls have put in their time, heart, and soul into ensuring that each engagement would run smoothly and we did not stray away from our objective which was to create an awareness of healthy eating and living through colour and art. Nonetheless, much thanks to Chris Choong and the UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA Staff Association for the support and also for spending time with the children on the engagement weekends. I would also like to thank Tan Chee Lin for being the project coordinator and presenting me with this great opportunity.
On the other hand, words cannot express how grateful I am towards the exchange participants, Kharisma Khiani, Samanata Thapa, Ahmed Shimy, Amy Wang, and Will Miller. One of the important aspects of this project was to allow the exchange participants to be independent in making decisions and essentially take charge of the project, which they have proved to have done well. Despite the long work hours, I was able to see the dedication from each and every one of them and the satisfaction that they felt after each engagement reminded me of why we do what we do in AIESEC.
Through the planning and execution process of The Urban Mapper Project, I felt myself develop with the array of skills that I acquired along the way: I had to learn to be resilient and patient while dealing with approaching corporations for sponsorships and (most of the time) getting declined in the end; I also adapted to the ways of interacting with the children in the PPR, despite not being a frequent speaker of the Malay language, and moreover the ways of being sensitive towards issues such as racial and gender segregation among the children and how to deal with them when they arise.
Besides that, I would like to apologize for any inconvenience and downfalls that might have occurred under my leadership.
Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to Jeffrey Phang of Friends of Kota Damansara and also all other AIESEC members for their endless support throughout the project. Without them, the project would not be a success.