Peace Ambassadors – Training of Trainers in Batam

6th September 2015

Thirteen Peace Ambassadors successfully conducted the 4th peace training at Bintan Bersatu Apparel factory in Batam this early September 2015. The participants were the first batch of  BBA operators.

The factory is owned by Bodynits Group, a Singapore company, and has around 1300 staff. One of its directors, Ms Lynn Tan was instrumental  in initiating this peace training at BBA. Her hope is not only to create a community of peace in the factory, but also to facilitate continuous learning of the local staff and grooming their leadership. She also envisions in bringing this peace training to other Bodynits’ companies in China and Vietnam. Local Batam leaders who participated in a few of the training too have expressed interest in bringing the Peace Ambassadors Workshop to other companies in Batam.

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Since the 1st peace training that took place in February 2015, all managers and line leaders have attended this 2 day 1 night workshop. The Blue Ribbon founder, Norani Abu Bakar with the support of two Senior Trainers from Peace Generation Indonesia Raki Ali and Lian Fooks, have trained 20 staff to become BBA in-house Peace Ambassadors’ trainers. Its lead in-house trainer, Endieth Jaloe Prasiteyo was key in organizing and taking the lead in BBA in-house Peace Ambassadors training.

All trainers participated on voluntary basis. In the last 8 months, they had trained another 130 co-workers. The company hopes that 1300 staff will step forward to voluntarily participate in this peace workshop and community services.

The event has been very well-received by many staff that many had to wait for their turn to attend. The maximum number of participants for each workshop is 30 people. The two day workshop was full with engaging activities, discussion and reflection. At night, the staff enjoyed BBQ session and watched movie together. They began the 2nd day with fun aerobic at 6:00 a.m. led by BBA staff, Ms Lia.

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BBA co-trainers, Jennifer Del Mundo from the Philippines and Indah Irianty Situmorang had also supported The Blue Ribbon training in Singapore in June this year. Another two co-trainers, Joni Alfian and Lina Putri received scholarships from The Blue Ribbon and support from Bodynits to attend Young Interfaith Peacemakers Community National conference in Jogjakarta, Indonesia this August 2015. This was their first exposure attending a peace camp outside BBA. There, they met likeminded young leaders, mainly university students, from all over Indonesia who are championing spreading of peace in their local communities and neighbouring countries.

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The Blue Ribbon looks forward for continuous and mutual support with Bodynits Group International in cultivating peaceful characters and externalizing good values by caring for those with needs and the environment in the countries where their businesses are present.

BBA Bisa! Peace Ambassadors Yes!

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The 1st Peace Ambassadors’ Training in Singapore

27th September 2014

At last, the first Blue Ribbon peace training was launched in Singapore. This was a one day introductory workshop on peace as character value. The content of this workshop was jointly developed by Peace Generation and The Blue Ribbon.

Twenty participants came and half of them were from Bodynits International branch in Batam, Indonesia. The group was very diverse. The farthest participant was from Cairo, Egypt. Others were from Brunei, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

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This Peace Ambassador’s training was led by Ms Norani Abu Bakar of The Blue Ribbon, and was supported by two senior trainers of Peace Generation, Raqhi Fooks and Lian Fooks. Both are from Australia. Some of the participants from Batam and Egypt are now planning in running this training in Batam , Indonesia and Cairo, Egypt in 2015.

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The training was also co-sponsored by Ms Christy Lim, Director of Places – a coaching and wellness company. Two members from TP Enactus/ The Blue Ribbon team Nurshahidah Azmi and Norasnah Bujang, graciously volunteered to make this event a successful one.

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Most participants also kindly supported the Blue Ribbon @ Lakeside project by purchasing tee shirts made by lady sewers, who are in need of flexible working hour job. The Blue Ribbon also provided scholarships and sponsorship to some participants. Our thanks also goes to other supporters and volunteers whose names are not mentioned here.

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The 1st Peace Ambassadors’ Training in Sabah

23rd August 2014

A bit more than 30 participants attended the first Blue Ribbon peace training in Sabah. This was an introductory training on peace values, and it was conducted in Malaysian national language. A few observers from Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur also participated in some of the activities.

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Some drove for six hours to come to this full day Peace Ambassador training. A couple from Brunei who came to this training was very inspired to collaborate with The Blue Ribbon to run similar training in their countries. A teacher at a polytechnic in Kota Kinabalu, Ms Kristy Won, is now planning with the Blue Ribbon in conducting Peace Ambassador’s training at her school early next year.

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Participants from Sabah also supported this peace initiative by purchasing patched batik tee shirts sewn by Mothers Support Group at Blue Ribbon vocational sewing workshop Lakeside, Singapore.

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TP Enactus Supports The Blue Ribbon @ Lakeside Family Services

11th August 2014

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Enthusiastic young students from Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Enactus recently formed a group to support marketing of The Blue Ribbon @ Lakeside products and work. The team was led by Brandon Ho, who was an alum of TP.

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Enactus stands for, Entrepreneurial – Action – Us. “It is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.”

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Recently, the group participated in Enactus Project Fair at TP. The members promoted their product design, ‘Peace Loom Band’ to students who came to their booth. In September, two of TP Enactus members, Nurshahidah Azmi and Norasnah Bujang from Brunei, presented their group  marketing work to a panellist of businessmen during Enactus Singapore National Feedback session.

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The Blue Ribbon @ Lakeside Family Services, Singapore

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30th April 2014

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For the last three weeks, the Blue Ribbon volunteers have been working very hard commissioning a sewing workshop for the first Blue Ribbon project in Singapore. This project is hosted by Lakeside Family Services to support social development of the needy ones that are cared by this organization.

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Through this partnership, the Blue Ribbon aims to provide:

  • Lessons on sewing and crafts making
  • Training on soft skills for business and workshop management
  • Supply to small business order as part of clients’ hands-on learning experience.

Blue Ribbon also hopes that this ‘Peace Service for the Community’ (PSC) initiative will be a platform for volunteers and supporters from any background to serve together for the betterment of the local community.

The fruit of this 3-week labour was celebrated last Wednesday when all sewing machines were ready to be used by members of Mothers’ Support Group. A number of tee shirts design for Peace Ambassador’s training were also almost completed, thus production can begin next week. Blue Ribbon hopes that the small job order for the workshop can provide some income for mothers who are not able to work full time elsewhere.

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Thanks to Madam Farida Tahir and Madam Aminah Ahmad who diligently learned to use these machines from Singer in-house trainer and later transferred their sewing skills to others. Special thanks also goes to Ms Grace Ling and Madam Racheal Seah who worked very hard with sourcing and buying items for the workshop, and Ms Vivien Cheng and Ms Rabiatul Ismail for their translation and administrative work. Last but not least, thank you to Ms Meixi Ng of Amber Initiative for preparing surveys and providing computer training to Blue Ribbon’s clients last Wednesday.

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This first Blue Ribbon sewing training session ended with Ms Norani Abu Bakar (the Blue Ribbon founder) giving away gifts donated by Madam Alison Ng, and thanking all volunteers, Mr Jason Foo and Mr Hong Hai Seeto (key supporters to this project) and bidding farewell to Mr Matthew Ting. Matthew kindly flew from Sibu Sarawak, Malaysia to Singapore and spent almost ten days to help set-up the sewing room.

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Another volunteer, Ms Jessie Wang, from He Long Jiang, China is also here to train Blue Ribbon clients making ‘Dragonfly’ (fridge magnet). This product is a signature design of Home Sweet Home, a social enterprise that serves the unsheltered and physically challenged people in Shanghai.

The raw materials for making these Dragonflies were generously donated by an ex-client of Home Sweet Home who is now the factory manager of this organization. Blue Ribbon hopes that other clients of Lakeside Family Services, such as the stakeholders of Family in Transition (FiT), will be inspired by his life transformation. The company will coorporate with Lakeside in providing training and helping FiT clients produce Dragonfly products during their stay at the transition homes.

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To other supporters, whose names are not mentioned here, the Blue Ribbon would also like to give thanks to your generous donation and kind support, and to continue welcoming you to serve the community through this project. We also wish Norani, who continues to serve in-spite of her medical condition after her surgery, a speedy recovery.

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Duta Damai Dining Oct 2013 @ HoPe

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The first Duta Damai or Peace Ambassadors candle light bonding-dinner at Home of Peace (HoPe) was made special when those who came learned to make a delicacy that was in the past, unfamiliar to them. Dim Sum! They were little and cute, but yummy.

Today, nasi lemak and roti canai are cooked in many Malaysians’ kitchen. In fact, ‘sambal petai’ and steam boat, which used to be popular among some ethnic groups only, are now becoming favourite dishes among Malaysians. However, most non-Chinese Malaysians have not yet explored cooking dim sum, a Chinese delicacy, at their home. Shrimp Dim Sum recipe that was concocted at Home of Peace is certainly easy to follow. This month, Mark Lim from Arts Malaysia, was HoPe’s guest to teach cooking. Thank you for your kind support Mark!

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This ‘Diversity Dining’ is conceptualized and organized by the Blue Ribbon initiative. It will be a signature event of Home of Peace and will be organized on monthly basis. It’s objective is to enrich Malaysians’ experience in living together in a diversified community by learning about each other through cooking and dining. Its hope is to promote love, peace and respect as foundational values for nation building.

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In December, HoPe will have Ms Angie Davis from the USA teaching Duta Damai making ginger cookies. In January, a few Japanese staff of IBM Kuala Lumpur might be coming to HoPe.

If you are interested to promote unity in diversity through cooking and dining, come and join Duta Damai by contacting us at: dl2go.hospitality@gmail.com. The coming Duta Damai or Peace Ambassadors’ training will be on 23rd and 24th November, 2013.

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Inaugaration of Peace Ambassador

Johor 16th September 2013

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While Malaysians celebrated Malaysia’s 50 years anniversary, The Blue Ribbon launched its first nation building initiative at the foot of Panti Mountain in Johor, Malaysia. Twenty one participants who completed the 3-Day Training of Trainers took the oath as Peace Ambassadors or Duta Damai. The inaugaration was witnessed by Duta Damai trainers, a few local leaders from Kota Tinggi and participants’ host parents.

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The objective of Peace Ambassador’s training is to instill peaceful values in building a diversified community that is harmonious, loving, and respectful towards one another.

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The training that was developed by DL-2GO company was supported by Peace Generation Indonesia, Kampung Temenin Baru Homestay and Community College Kota Tinggi.

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This was the first training launched by the Blue Ribbon initiative, and this initiative envisioned that a few thousand young leaders from Malaysia will participate in this training and be engaged as peace advocators in the next couple of years.

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Peace Ambassadors – Cohort 50 were aspired to spread these peace values to the whole nation, following the footstep of DL-2GO’s partner, Peace Generation Indonesia, which had trained about two thousand trainers and twenty five thousand youngsters.

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