MdmFaralizaZainal and Mr Mohammad Ali Dawood just started Ashraf’s Cafe. They have a simple wish – to provide a safe space for their students with special needs to experience a real working environment.
The cafe is named after their first child, Mohd Ashraf Mohd Ali, who is diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis and Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.
MdmFara’s welcoming speech mentioned the objective and the social cause of Ashraf’s Cafe when she said:
“It all began with a simple intention of providing an education for our son, Ashraf. Our goal for him at the end of the day was to be employed and be a contributing member of society. The road we journeyed on was not easy, but looking at Ashraf and his friends today, as they reach another phase of their adulthood, it was worth every bit of hurdle and challenges that my husband and I went through as partners in building MIJ and Ashraf’s Café. Behind us, we have a strong pool of dedicated teachers, staff, volunteers, and supporters who trust and envision the same hope and dreams for these special individuals.”
Mr Ali and MdmFara, you are inspirations to us all.