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Canon Malaysia supports Somali refugee children

AvantiKumar | June 27, 2012
Co-founder of Fugee School, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Henry thanks Canon for helping the project to give the children 'an education that will last a lifetime.'

Canon at Fugee Schoo

PHOTO - (Second from left) Suchen SK, photographer; Shereen Soon, senior marcom executive, Consumer System Products Division, Canon Marketing (Malaysia); Gregers Reimann, photographer; and first from right Deborah Henry, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011.

Digital imaging and printing solutions provider Canon Marketing Malaysia has supported a local initiative to provide education for Somali child refugees.

Canon Marketing Malaysia director, consumer products division, Donny Ling, said the company, as part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility programme, printed the photography collection by Somali refugees during a fundraising auction held at the Fugee School.

"[This move] aligns with our corporate philosophy Kyosei, which focuses on living and working together for the common good," said Ling. "We believe education is essential to children's physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth and also unlocks the gate to a bright and successful future. Therefore we are happy to be able to do our bit in helping the children to access quality education."

Deborah Henry, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 and co-founder of Fugee School, said:  "We approached Canon to help us to print the photography collection as Canon is known for its printing solutions which produce high quality and long lasting printouts. This ripples with the fact that education will last the children a lifetime."

The photography collection was shot by the school children who spent a day taking photographs with Malaysian photographers Suchen SK and Gregers Reimann.

Fugee School was co-founded in 2009 by Deborah Henry and Shikeen Halibullah who transformed a local initiative to one that provides free education to more than 100 refugee children, which includes addressing the specific needs of refugee students who face trauma and disruption following their displacement.


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