Maria Skouras (Malaysia)


Maria Skouras

Maria Skouras (eHomemakers): Maria describes herself as a life-long learner. She earned a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a Masters of Science degree from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, and a Master of the Arts from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science in Cultural Sociology. She then worked for seven years as the Senior Policy Analyst in NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. Maria has been an active board member of The Posterus Foundation, a nonprofit based in New York City, studied abroad in Italy, London, China and Hong Kong and traveled extensively through the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. After her fellowship Maria wrote: "Speaking with locals and living in a country is the best way to learn about the real lives of citizens, not just the stories in the mainstream media. I will be more critical of what I read as a result of this experience.”



06 Jul

Visiting Jenny Pong Siew Chin

In March, I traveled with another eH volunteer to visit Jenny Pong Siew Chin.  We

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Posted Jul 06, 2011

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06 Jul

Jenny Pong Siew Chin – Overcoming Tragedy

Jenny was born on January 3, 1966.  Along with her 6 brothers and sisters, she

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Posted Jul 06, 2011

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23 Jun

Sulastri – PT Foundation

Sulastri started working with the Pink Triangle Foundation (PT Foundation) in 1992 and over the

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Posted Jun 23, 2011

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10 Jun

Nisha – PT Foundation

Nisha is the Transgender Program Manager at the Pink Triangle Foundation (PT Foundation).  Each week

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Posted Jun 10, 2011

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01 Jun

Pink Triangle Foundation

Pink Triangle Foundation is a community-based organization in Kuala Lumpur that provides education and support

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Posted Jun 01, 2011

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23 May

Siew Lian and Auntie Chee

The heat is so overwhelming in Kuala Lumpur that it is common for locals to

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Posted May 23, 2011

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10 May

Easter with Siew Lian

The moon was still dangling above Kuala Lumpur when I woke up at 4:45 AM

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Posted May 10, 2011

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04 May

The Indispensable Lucy Goh

Lucy Goh has volunteered with the Salaam Wanita eco-basket project for 7 years.  In a

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Posted May 04, 2011

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19 Apr

Toh Oy Sim

Toh Oy Sim, one of the newest Salaam Wanita eco-basket weavers, exudes positivity when she

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Posted Apr 19, 2011

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13 Apr

From the Inventory Room to the Sales Table – Baskets in Motion

Chong Sheau Ching launched the Salaam Wanita eco-basket project over 7 years ago with the

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Posted Apr 13, 2011

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06 Apr

Qing Ming

Two weeks ago, my friend Mike from NYC spent a few days visiting me in

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Posted Apr 06, 2011

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29 Mar

Q&A with Chong Sheau Ching

Each day Chong Sheau Ching (C2) masterfully juggles her household responsibilities with managing eHomemakers (eH). 

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Posted Mar 29, 2011

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18 Mar

Fast Food Advertisements & Localization

One of my favorite parts of experiencing a new culture is checking out advertisements and

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Posted Mar 18, 2011

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14 Mar

eHomemakers’ Guardian Angel, Justina

A few months before I came to Malaysia, eH moved from their office location to

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Posted Mar 14, 2011

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02 Mar

Eco-Basket Challenges – Training, Retention, and Sales

The Salaam Wanita eco-basket project provides employment for women whose circumstances and health problems restrict

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Posted Mar 02, 2011

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02 Mar

Meet Agila

Weaving for about a year now, Agila is one of the newest women to learn

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Posted Mar 02, 2011

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21 Feb

An Untraditional Start to the New Year

The first Chinese New Year celebration I attended was the most untraditional but among the

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Posted Feb 21, 2011

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11 Feb

The Birth of eHomemakers

Chong Sheau Ching, known to friends as Ching Ching or C2, is the founder of

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Posted Feb 11, 2011

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11 Feb

Intro to the Salaam Wanita Eco-Basket Project

eHomemakers empowers women who need to work from home to balance their familial responsibilities with

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Posted Feb 11, 2011

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23 Jan

Penance and Gratitude at Batu Caves

On the eve of the main Thaipusam celebration, Ching Ching and I went to the

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Posted Jan 23, 2011

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22 Jan

Learning about the Hindu Festival Thaipusam

During my first week in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve adjusted to the time difference, become acquainted

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Posted Jan 22, 2011

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22 Jan

Pursuing My Personal Legend

I am on my way to Malaysia to volunteer with eHomemakers (eH)!  For quite some

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Posted Jan 22, 2011

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