Affect Nusantara, an initiative of hope and new beginnings

March 02, 2019

Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) announced its fundraising initiative, Affect Nusantara, to bring much needed post relief aid for victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Lombok and Palu in Indonesia.

A movement of solidarity, Affect Nusantara is a cultural, social and charitable endeavour that aims to raise RM300,000 to build sustainable shelters called Rumah Syukur, providing a more permanent living solution for affected families. Built on the site of the victims’ original homes, each Rumah Syukur has a life span of ten years and can be expanded from an initial living room, kitchen and two-bedroom structure into a larger family home structure. This permanent living solution will greatly alleviate health, sanitation and safety issues that exist at the temporary tent shelters that families have been living in since the disaster.

Affect Nusantara was initiated by Wulan Amaraja Moiz who was deeply moved by the distress she witnessed first-hand when she visited Palu in December 2018. Wulan shares, “Although three months had passed, there were still many areas where the effects of the devastation were clearly visible. There is an overwhelming sense of helplessness and sadness; people who are desperately trying to rebuild the lives they know while being constantly challenged by aftershocks and setbacks. I decided that I was going to get proactively involved, and rally as many people as I can to be a part of the initiative because it is our calling as brothers and sisters of humanity to help in any way we can.”

“Apart from being a fundraiser and relief aid initiative, Affect Nusantara also aims to uplift the spirits of those affected by helping them re-establish basic needs for physical survival. The Nusantara region is unfortunately vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. It is our responsibility as a caring Malaysian society to assist in any way we can, to ease the burden and encourage those who have been affected to keep hope alive. I am continuously encouraged by the generosity and empathy of Malaysians and I do hope we can all come together for this worthy initiative,” said Dr. Mohd. Daud bin Sulaiman, President, Malaysian Relief Agency

Anchored on art as the catalyst to drive awareness, bring about hope and create new beginnings for the afflicted families, Affect Nusantara will begin with a contemporary art exhibition held at ARTCUBE from 20 – 26 February 2019. The self-titled exhibition will showcase the work of Malaysian artists including Ahmad Fuad Osman, Anniketyni Madian, Azad Daniel Haris, Eng Hwee Chu, Fauzan Omar, Husin Hourmain and Zulkifli Yusoff. A critical reflection of the complex cultural, spiritual and socio-political balance of Malaysia and the Nusantara, all works are available for purchase with proceeds to benefit Affect Nusantara.         

Following this, an exhibition by renowned international photojournalist Mathias Heng will be held from 26 February – 4 March 2019 at Bangsar Shopping Centre. Held in partnership with Leica, the emotionally charged exhibition narrates Mathias’ own experience of the disaster, and his desire to inspire and evoke change. A coffee table book with reprints of Mathias’ moving work will be available for order during the exhibition, which is complemented by a designer showcase featuring specially designed attire, accessories and jewellery crafted by Indonesian artists. All proceeds from the coffee table book and showcase will also be channelled to Affect Nusantara. Cash donations of RM500 and above are tax deductible.

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