Before the ending of year 2018, CREST received a recognition from The Brand Laureate CSR Brandleadership Awards 2018. We were pleasantly surprised to receive the nomination letter and to this day we still wonder how we had achieved it. This award and the honor of receiving it goes to all our founders; current and former Executive Directors, Board of Directors, staffs, donors, supporters and volunteers who have contributed to CREST in the past 20 years. Without your support, hard work and contributions, CREST would not have gone this far.
10 November 2018, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur – CREST has conducted a total of 18 trainings and workshops across Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China this year. Our last one for the year was done together with Tamil Methodist Church, Brickfields.
23 participants attended this 1-day training and we look forward to more training for the Tamil speaking community. Empowering them that one day, they may conduct the training in their mother tongue.
In this month, CREST has archive another milestone, 20 years we have established since year 1998. However, there is no celebration due to our busy schedule.
As usual, every year end, many areas in our region has reported disaster in their country. CREST responded Laos Hydro Dam crisis in the month of August, Lombok earthquake in the month of September and recently Centre Sulawesi earthquake and Tsunami.
On the other hand, we are continuing our Myanmar project since Cyclone Nargis back in 2008 by sending a team of trainers to empower (knowledge transfer) to the local teachers in Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).
Up to this September, CREST has conducted 17 trainings across 4 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China. Due to our limited capacity in human resource and time, we are not able to accept many more requests for training.
We thank our partners who had hosted and worked hand in hand with us in crisis relief mission. We also thank individuals, organizations and churches who have funded our office operations.
In the month of August, CREST deployed teams to Philippines for post Haiyan development project and Laos flood relief. In September, we deployed a team to Lombok for post earthquake recovery. And following in the month of October, teams will be deployed to Palu, (North Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami), Myanmar (post Cyclone Nargis) and Laos (post flood).
We give thanks to our Almighty God, and CREST continues to seek for your continuous prayer support in the coming months. We have a busy schedule and expect ‘unexpected events’ ahead of us.
Dear friends of CREST, we are moving our office from SS15 Subang Jaya to Bandar Botanic, Klang. Starting from 1 September, 2018 we will operate from our new office with address and contact as below:-
52, Jalan Bungor 3/KS 6, Bandar Botanic,
41200 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
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1a. CREST thanks NECF and look forward to continual partnership in disaster relief. A 15-foot long fiberglass boat equipped with 15HP Suzuki Engine, 2 paddles, 6 life jackets was delivered to CREST’s new office in Klang. This boat will be used for training, water surface rescue, food delivery and emergency evacuation.
Left: Rev. Andy Chi, Secretary-General NECF
In February 2018, CREST signed an agreement with Asia Pacific Baptist Aid Philippines to provide capital assistance to existing livelihood and income-generating projects in 3 villages in Panay Island. On 10-19 June, CREST went to project sites for evaluation and to conduct a workshop on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management for the community leaders.
Our hosts also invited the Department of the Interior and Local Government to share on the disaster management system in the Philippines and the Department of Social Welfare & Development to share on human trafficking in disasters.