Saturday, 10 March 2007

Spare Your Change: Help Aisya...



Above: Picture by Zabidi Tusin (The Star)...

*New note to all who have been directed here from all the other blogs:-

I have been getting quite a lot of calls, sms's and emails regarding little Aisya. For those who want to keep in touch with how Aisya and her family are getting on and the status of donations, please kindly leave a link to your blog/email in my blog (under comments lor-but under this post, please), and I will keep you updated as best I can.

Here's the latest on Aisya:

Little Aisya went for surgery to create eyelids for her last December, using tissue from her lips. Unfortunately, the operation has backfired, because her eyelids have fused back together. Doctors have decided (this is according to Aisya's mum) that there will be no more surgery for Aisya for another 2 years, as surgery is difficult for her young (and small) body and immune system. So it would be another two years before they re-attempt to create eyelids for her, and later, try and fit her with artificial eyeballs. That is the time when the family will need financial help the most.

At present time, donations is solely for the family to survive on a day-to-day basis as Aisya's dad has lost his job (he's the sole bread-winner), and if there is any left, they can start a small account in case of emergency, and Aisya needs surgery (let's say they suddenly get a call to say they found someone who can help her see)...

At the present moment, with present technology, it looks like little Aisya will never be able to see, because the little girl has only whites of the eyes.

Donations can always come in kind. For example, you could offer to sponsor Aisya's diapers for a year. Or if you're some boss, you could offer her dad a job. Or if you're a broke college student like me, you could help by spreading Aisya's plight on your blogs, or simply remember her in your prayers.

I did not ask Aisya's dad for his account number as I am afraid some unscrupulous people out there might somehow misuse that for their own personal gain. Thus, all cash donations will have to be in the form of a cheque under the father's name. Write the cheque to:


SHAHIDAN BIN YANG GHAZALI, and send it to Aisya’s home at:

45, Persiaran Putra 5,
Bandar Baru Putra,
31400 Ipoh, Perak

Shahidan's Phone: 017-5586069; Hayati's (Aisya's mum) Phone: 017-5746317.

I brought this case to my college's (Inti International College Penang) student body; they recently passed the tin around and we got about RM 2 K, which will be handed to Aisya's family shortly.

*Original Post*

Sigh...This blog is about little Siti Aisya Syazreen, a 3-and-a-half-year-old who has got no eyes, literally...Little Aisya suffers from a very rare syndrome called Fraser Syndrome, where children born have got no eyelids, and some even with no eyes...

Darling Aisya is one such little girl...

Her story appeared in

The Star on the 24th December, 2006:-

Special Mum for a Special Child

When I first met Aisya, I was shocked, and I was overwhelmed...Honestly, I wanted to just reach out and hug her, but I was also afraid...Afraid that if I did that, I would be hurting this little girl, who looked so fragile, her body might snap in half if I so much as touched her...I was afraid, because I had never seen someone like her before...

Aisya's dad is the only one working in the family, and he recently lost his job...You can just imagine how difficult it is. Raising children is never easy, but with an extremely special child like Aisya, a stable income is all the more neccesary...

Inti International College Penang has taken the initiative to raise some money for her within the circle of students...Final results have not been finalised yet...

I am appealing to anyone out that who has some extra to spare to think of little Aisya and her family...It doesn't have to be big; remember, as cliche as it is, it's the thought that counts...Every gesture will help...

Think people, how would you feel if you cannot see, and cannot hear well? Think how you feel if everywhere you go, people are afraid of you? Think how you would feel if even your hands look different?

Because that is what Aisya is going through everyday...She can't see, she can't hear well, and even her fingers are deformed...

And now that the boss has very unreasonably relieved En Shahidan, things will be difficult...Imagine how they are going to make ends meet without a stable income?

Let's help support this family as best we can while he looks for a permanent job...

I am appealing to the human side of all those out that: Spare your change for little Aisya...I can be contacted at *Number has been removed* for further details on how to contribute to the family...I won't be dealing with any of your money as I will put you in touch with the family directly.

Cheerio...

33 comments:

SoNYa said...

Wow wil contact you myself if my parenst wana donate. must be scary to live like that. how u met her anyway?

Malika Jee said...

good thing you doing!

Sham said...

u the same daphne ling who writes in the star? if yes, I love your work! keep it up!
-sham-

Anonymous said...

Is it a coincidence, or did you also write the article called 'special mother for a special child' on the link you provided to The Star?

Daphne Ling said...
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apple macs said...

i read your article in the star, my tears drop and i just can't stop it. what an amazing mother puan hayati is! and kudos to you for bringing up this humbling story.
:(

Anonymous said...

Thx Dahpne & Jeff for highlighting this. I read your article in The Star. Shall do my bit to help out.

Shall enlist my former school's St John Ambulance to do something about it.

I don't read blogs often. Please update me via email one{@}kenjii.net

Thanks!

Ken

Anonymous said...

I will rmember Aisya in my prayers. Thanks Daphne for highlighting this issue and for bringing Aisya's story to the public.
What impresses me is that you're only 21 years! I'm proud to know that there are young ppl out there with such amazing zeal, heart and soul and who will take time to reach out to those in need.
We need youngsters like you! Keep it up!
-Michelle-

Anonymous said...

Keep up the goooood work. Bloggers can make a lot of difference just by writing!
-Non-blogger-

Pi Bani said...

Thanks for highlighting this case Daphne. I'm an Ipoh girl too (GIRL?? Old one lah... :-)) so will try and visit the family and get my networking to help out.

Kamarulzaman said...

Dear Daphne,

I really admire u. For someone who's just turned 21 you've a maturity far beyond others especially some politicians I know. Thanks for highlighting Aisya's plight to us. I'll do my bit to ease her family's burden. U see, I'm a family man too. I can emphatise with her dad being unemployed and having to support the family...keep up the good work.
P.S. When I read your blog, I realise, there's still hope in Malaysia!!! Thank God.

Gobu Raj said...

Daphne,
Was directed here from MarinaM's rantings. Kudos to you for bringing up aisya's story in your blog and for contacting more established bloggers to spread the word. What impreses me is that all young people's blogs I read are full of themselves only and how they just have to buy a pair of Levi's jeans but yours has got heart and love for others and their plight. Truely selfless, and admirable.
Have read your other postings, and looking forward to reading more. Since your blog is so new, I'm sure you're just getting started and warmed up ;-)
Take care.
-Gobu-
Ps: I wish my children are like you.

Mel said...

See! See! I remember telling you in Form 4 that you would be changing the world by the time you're 21 and you said gila ar? See! I corect right? Go Daphne! You rock lar for helping Aisya.

Anonymous said...

do they have bank accounts? I don't have a checking account to write cheques.

Daphne Ling said...

If you wish to donate by banking the money directly into their account, pls contact the parents (number provided in the original post) directly. For security purposes, I prefer not to disclose their account over the net(I don't have it anyway!). Cheerio!

IonBuck said...

Daphne, thanks for highlighting this very unfortunate situation to the world. I read about this from Jeff Ooi's Screenshots.

Suhana Mahmud said...

Daphne, Directd here from Pi's Twist. My heart goes out to aisya's family. Has the family tried seeking help overseas? I have a child suffering from cerebral palsy, and I thought that was bad. Looks like I hvae nothing to complain. Thanks for bringing Aisya's plight to the community.

Suhana Mahmud said...

You're only 21?? Doing a good job.

Moola said...

Hi,

Your message has been highlighted and broadcasted in my blog.

http://whereiszemoola.blogspot.com/2007/03/call-for-help-help-aisya.html

JL said...

Hi,

Could u plz email me the parent's bank account number

saham_jl@yahoo.com

leela, UK said...

Hi, do e-mail me updates if you can. Thanks.

leela said...

sorry..my e-mail add is ldm32@cam.ac.uk. Cheers!

Jenn said...

Can you email me a Maybank account no? I'm in the US and want to make a donation.

Anonymous said...

hey there, kudos to you and your efforts in making a change in at least 3 people's lives if not the entire country or the world. aisya and her parents are blessed with you as you are blessed with them. will lend a hand in passing the word.
-Marcia-
Taylor's Business School Student

zorro said...

Daphne, good job. Will pass to Bloggers United when we meet for mee rebus tomorrow.
Daphne, truly Malaysian.

Anonymous said...

Just a short note to say THANK YOU on behalf of little Aisya and do keep up the good work. Take care

Daphne Ling said...

Dear all,

Please refer to update on Aisya here.

For those who have emailed/sms'd me or left a note here for personal updates, I have done so, except for one Ken who left a note here.

Ken: Your email does not work.

On behalf of the Shahidan family, thanks for the support.

Daphne

PS: Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. Duly noted and appreciated =)!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for extending your love and care, outside the borders of race...it is very rare to have known a person of your nature. Stay the way you are and I will help with what I have...

Anonymous said...

would appreciate an update. will try to caontact the family myself.thankz

Lazarus_J@yahoo.com

ekantona said...

Daphne,

wish the world has more people like u. i would like to know the updates, too, please.

azlina

drShop said...

WooW =)

Sienny said...

Ling, I would like to know about Aisya condition now... My baby has special needs too ...
my email : siennywijaya@gmail.com

Ladysoul said...

Aisya passed away today, 19th April 2010. Condolences to the family and I hope they stay strong through this trying time. Amin.

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