Being a winner of two beauty pageants (Miss Malaysia World 2007 and Miss Universe Malaysia 2011) and having a good number of years working in the entertainment and fashion industries, Deborah Priya Henry says that her happiness is intertwined through the connection that she has with other people.
“My life revolves around the Fugee school and nothing excites me more than seeing these kids smile and have the same opportunities in life just like all of us,” explains Deborah.
The Fugee School was launched in 2009 by Deborah and Shikeen Halibullah together with Somalian community leader, Shafie Sharif to provide primary and secondary education opportunities for refugee children in Malaysia.
“As humble as it sounds, what we do is still a business at the end of the day. It’s competitive and scary and we can’t walk away from it just like that no matter how hard things end up looking. Fugeelah on the other hand is a sustainable business that off ers jobs, training skills and fi nancial sustainability to the Fugee School,” says Deborah.
The lanky beauty of Indian and Irish descent, who says that her ability to give the children their equal right to go to school is one of the most satisfying achievements she’s gained, believes that every woman is a SuperFEMALE in her own way. “It’s funny how my husband and I were Googling photos of humankind in the past 20 years and we were shocked to see that everything that came out were images of men. Where were the women? Everyone should be recognised for what they’ve contributed – without taking into account their gender or race,” she concludes.
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