Members return to MANZA House


MANZA members gather around two tables set with a spread of coffee and morning tea.

The committee was pleased to welcome new, old and returning members back to MANZA House this morning for the first time since the MCO. We are delighted to have the ongoing support of our community.

We look forward to our Craft group resuming this Friday, with Bridge and Mahjong to resume in the coming weeks once we confirm the best days for our members. If you are interested in joining any of these activities please comment below, send a DM or email [email protected] and we will add you to the relevant WhatsApp group.

Don’t forget that SOPs are in place for all activities at the house – wear a mask, maintain social distance and register your details on arrival. We also appreciate you renewing your membership if you participate in these groups to help keep MANZA alive.

Four women wearing protective face masks
MANZA members chatting and drinking coffee

Welcome back!


MANZA welcome back flyer. Cup of coffee sitting on board with macaron and leaves. Text - enjoy the little things.

We are pleased to welcome back our members for some of our regular activities at MANZA House. We will begin with a welcome back morning tea at the house on Wednesday 19th August at 10:30am. This is an opportunity to meet the new committee, renew your membership and find out about our plans for the future. We will be fundraising on the day for the Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR). MANZA will resume mahjong, bridge and craft groups in the coming weeks. Please note that SOPs will be in place at the house for all activities to ensure compliance with government regulations. All attendees must wear a face mask, maintain social distance, have their temperature taken and leave contact details on arrival at the house. Please register your attendance at [email protected].

We would also like to encourage all those who have let their memberships expire, or regular group attendees who paid for each visit, to renew your membership for the remainder of 2020 (100RM). As most of you are aware the MCO has left MANZA unable to raise any income since March and we have had to stop supporting our charities. Your support in renewing your membership will help MANZA recover some of our losses and we hope to resume support of our charities as soon as possible.

MANZA Charities update

Rohingya Women Development Network (RWDN)  Sewing Project

RWDN Project Objective:

The main aim of the proposed project is to empower Rohingya Child Brides and women that come from an entrenched patriarchal community by building and enhancing their sewing skills to enable them to generate income and equally support the livelihood of their children and family.

RWDN Sewing Project:

In  August 2018, MANZA donated  RM 4,500.00 to supplement the Rohingya

Women Development Network (RWDN) Sewing Project. The funds are to be utilised for the fees of the trainers, rent of space at RWDN office, interpreters and sewing materials and supplies for 15 Rohingya women and girls, over the course of four (4) months.

The project began in October 2018, and the first two classes of the Sewing Project focused on teaching the women and girls the basics of sewing where they repeatedly practised how to make straight lines and stitches. In the third and fourth class, the students advanced to learning how to attach zippers to fabric and making clutches with zippers.

A slight adjustment had to be done to the sewing project due to an urgent demand from another funder to train the women on  sewing a stuffed toy called Rohi to be used to tell stories of Rohingya people. Income from the sale of the stuffed toys would be able to generate funds for the women and RWDN. NASHPOTATOES decided to incorporate the sewing training in the sewing project between 23 December – 11 February (Four classes in total), where the women learned how to make sewing patterns, cut the patterns and replicate the process on felt fabric, stuff the fabrics and sew them into stuffed toy characters.

As a result, the sewing project will continue in the month of April where the women will be learning how to make their own traditional wear in preparation for Eid Al- Fitr in June. The training will be conducted by a local tailor who will come in four times a month. We are hoping the women will be encouraged to participate in this project as they will be making an outfit for themselves first.

The sewing products that the women and girls have mastered between October 2018- January 2019 include:

  1. Pouch with zipper. 2. Hair scrunchie. 3. Stuffed Toy- Rohi.

And the products that the women and girls will master by May 2019 is traditional wear.

Manza Dinner Club

The MANZA Dinner Club is held on the 3rd Saturday evening of each month at a variety of locations in Kuala Lumpur and surrounds.

The group aims to try a different restaurant every month. Choices range from 5-star dining establishments to popular local restaurants.  Members can choose which events they would like to attend and which fit in with their busy schedules.  Come and meet new friends in a relaxing environment.

Payment works on a simple number system. Each individual or couple receives a number card on arrival to place beside their plate(s). Wait staff charge all menu and bar items ordered to the particular number and then prepare individual bills, with each dinner guest only responsible only for his or her own costs.

There’s also a charitable donation request of RM10 per person at each meal with all proceeds going to our designated MANZA Charities.

Recommendations for new venues are greatly appreciated by the Dinner Club orgainser, and all will be considered. To join the mailing list to receive notification of monthly meal details, drop an email to [email protected] or contact MANZA House.