On December 23, 2014, a gathering of like-minded USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) alumni sparked a conversation about what we could do for our community, ultimately leading to the formation of INSPIRE SOCIETY(Persatuan Kebajikan Inspire) in 2015. INSPIRE stands for 'Inspiring Network for Service, Progress, Inclusivity, Responsibility and Education.’ In the initial years, we carried out many projects without much focus. We helped needy families and students with financial difficulties, we helped to organize tuition classes in an orphanage, we helped some Tamil schools by providing school uniforms and other necessities for the schoolchildren, and aided certain individuals in need, etc.
Along the way, Inspire found its bearing and now we focus mainly on helping university going students, especially students who gained entry into public universities. There is a valid reason why Inspire has made this venture its main mission. These students are the cream of our community and the students that Inspire helps are from families that are financially challenged. By helping this target group, we believe that we are not only helping these students but also their families to get out of the poverty cycle.
Inspire Financial Assistance, or IFA, has since become our flagship project and has gained tremendous support towards achieving this objective.Since starting the IFA, we have witnessed progress and improvements in the number of donors, amount raised and number of recipients. Each year, we fine-tune our operations to make sure that our annualcollection target is achieved so that we can provide financial assistance to as many needy students as possible in our community.
All these have been possible because of you, Inspire members and friends. With your unwavering commitment and ongoing support, we can continue to make a significant impact in empowering our community. In the words of the legendary President Nelson Mandela, "*Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.*" Together, we can be the driving force for positive change.