After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars

“Coming home should be the safest thing we ever do in this life. Where we lay our heads at night should be where monsters will not reach us. And yet, so many find themselves making homes with monsters instead.”

 

 

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The best things in life happen unexpectedly, and come from where and when you least expect it. Such is the story behind the birth of this book. It was a random trip to Ipoh that started it all. I was taking a stroll down Old Town Ipoh, along Concubine Lane, when a small shop with stars hanging all over caught my attention.

The PWW Shop is owned and managed by Perak Women for Women Society, an organization that is geared towards providing assistance to women in need. They sell new and pre-loved items that help fund the foundation’s various activities.

I was so inspired by their “One Million Stars to End Violence – Malaysia” advocacy that I wrote about it on my blog, and also encouraged my fellow bloggers to join me in helping the foundation hit their one-millionth star.

The responses were really overwhelming. Many shared their own stories of abuse and violence and how they struggled to get help. The stories shared were so inspiring that it prompted me to send an email to the foundation, and, as they say, the rest is history.

May we all be inspired by these stories; as these are not only stories of abuse and violence, but stories too of love, hope, joy, forgiveness, and healing.

****Initial copies of the book will be available for sale on September 21, 2019 (Saturday)Β  at BALLROOM, SYEUN HOTEL, IPOH .

****If you are interested to buy please leave a comment below.

 

62 Comments

  1. So heart breakingly true, Mich!
    And isn’t it wonderful that you found your calling serendipitously. Wishing you all the luck.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Punam.. i am just about to visit you..as you have helped me with this advocacy..

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      1. You are welcome, Mich and always happy to help for a good cause.

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  2. calmkate says:

    congrats Mich!
    publication … did you interview survivors?
    Will the book go onto Amazon … more details please?

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much kate…you too were part of my inspiration…yes hopefully we can have it in Amazon but for now its all the book material that will be sold..

      Most stories were sent in through mails and had few interviews..

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      1. calmkate says:

        good for you, hope it has some impact … here we need the police and courts to get on board! Their enforcement of the laws are very arbitrary and more are being killed 😦

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      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you kate…very much..😊

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  3. Fiery says:

    Amazing thing to share with us. Touched me very deeply as did your care and concern for women whose head never seems to be able to lay restfully.
    Hopefully one day that will change.

    Be well

    πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Fiery..

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  4. Perakwomenforwomen Perak says:

    Got it Thankyou very much❀️❀️

    Yip

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. blindzanygirl says:

    How wonderful mich. you have done an amazing and very necessary job. Is the book in English or not? Will it be available to us here in Endla d? Congratulations on your achievement. I never told you but my Ph.D was in Women and Violence, and it is anazing how even here in a so calked enlightened country with laws against it, etc. women still suffer from it and many get killed. You have done a wonderful job xxxx

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    1. michnavs says:

      Wow…Lorraine you amaze me…the book is in English but it will not be available there…your thoughts have been very helpful in the completion of this project…so thank you..

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      1. blindzanygirl says:

        You are very welcome mich. you have done such a wonderful thing. So sad that it will not be available here, but I pray it reaches those who need to read it. And I am sure there are many. The saddest part of it all, at keast here anyway, is that it is done in secret, and many men make sure that any bruuses etc are in places where they will not be seen by anybody. Of course, the men seem so nice and charming, outside the home, but in the home they are monsters. You are amazing to have done this,

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      2. michnavs says:

        That, i also have discussed in the book. Those who would charm their victims and make them believe it is their fault. It is also happening here Lorraine. There are so many outthere who are afraid to speak up…the hope of this book is to provide and create awareness that abuse and violence.of any form is un acceptable.

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      3. blindzanygirl says:

        I know. I always imagined it was worse in other countries than our own, wuth women not being seen by men as people. Sadly it is a problem inherent everywhere. So sad mich. much much love to you ❀️

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  6. You are part of a huge change which is making a difference for those who are abused. The more awareness which is raised the more hope in helping those in pain. Well done.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much…your stories and insights were really valuable in the completion of this project.

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      1. Grateful for this and so happy to be of help to others.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you Nanette😊

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  7. Mich… You dear friend are an inspiration my friend.. Wonderful thing what you have been able to achieve and bring the hope to so many who often suffer in silence behind closed doors…
    Love and Light my sister.. ❀

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Sue…. i really hope this will bring so much awareness…and that it will provide courage to the silent victims to speak up..

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      1. I am sure it will help many more than you realise Mich ❀

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  8. ivor20 says:

    Oh Mich, I’m very pleased for you, and I’m sure your publication will go a long way towards helping women in need… well done, and congratulations … xx

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Ivor for helping me share this advocacy..

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      1. ivor20 says:

        Always my pleasure Mich….

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  9. Winnie says:

    Wow! Congratulations, Mich! 😍

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Winnie..and for the support here..

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      1. Winnie says:

        You’re very much welcome, Mich!

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  10. murisopsis says:

    I wish you continued success. Perhaps the book will make its way to Amazon or be picked up by a big name publishing house…

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  11. A beautiful post, Mich. Full of love, hope, forgiveness, and healing. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful vision and work of this organization.

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  12. Create Space says:

    Amazing Mich, you have given a voice to victims! Wishing you continued success and much happiness!!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you MarieπŸ€—

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  13. Congrats, Mich! πŸ™‚ I am so excited and happy! This is an amazing thing you have done! I’m typing this comment with joy-tears in my eyes! πŸ™‚ I send best wishes and prayers that many hearts will be touched…many eyes, hands, arms, and hearts opened…many people helped!
    We MUST continue to step out, speak up, and help those who have no voice in our world!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you Carolyn…there are victims who afraid to speak…and some even don’t know help is available and worst for some, they are not aware they are already being abused..

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      1. Yes, all of that is so true. And sad. 😦

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  14. My heart is with you in this, Mich! πŸ™‚
    My mother was abused for a long time by my father while i was a kid. No child should have to see his mother’s hair set on fire.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Ohh…there’s a story in the book about a woman experiencing the same thing… luckily her family senses there was something wrong..this is unacceptable and should never be tolerated..

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Chuck..

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  15. Jules says:

    How wonderful for you to produce a book and be a continued spokeswoman, supporter and voice for this worth cause! May you and all at the center and those who read your lines be blessed!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jules….and we just received your stars again…thank you from all of us here…πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      1. Jules says:

        My pleasure! I’ve learn that the wider the ribbon the longer you have to make the length to weave it nicely πŸ˜‰ The large one – I had to glue some of the ends down so it would look nice. πŸ™‚

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      2. michnavs says:

        It was really heartwarming to receive your stars knowing that amidst the distsnce, you are with us…thank you Jules..

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  16. Christy B says:

    Oh wow, this all is so inspirational and I wish you much success with the work you’re doing on such a tough topic.. xo

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Christy..

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  17. This is wonderful! All the best, Mich!

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  18. Jade M. Wong says:

    Oh this is such a beautiful gesture you’ve made here!! Are there any plans to offer the book on Amazon for international readers and buyers?

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    1. michnavs says:

      Hi Jade…no plans for that yet..but hopefully we can work it out…

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  19. Oh I want one!!! and congratulations for the book, dear one!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Rose…will send you one..messgae me..

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      1. You are too sweeeet!! Let’s meet soonest, please!

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      2. michnavs says:

        Yesss..will let you know if we will be in KL

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      3. yes, please ❀

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  20. iidorun says:

    Wow Mich!! This is wonderful!! I’ve been MIA (dealing with life) but am ecstatic to read this! You are truly making a difference!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Lol..take your time being MIA…and thank you…for the support on this advocacy..add to that you prompted me to put this in one book remember?…

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      1. iidorun says:

        Yes!! I am so glad you did it!! ❀️ was it well received at the event? It would be wonderful to put it on Amazon as well…

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      2. michnavs says:

        Yes Irma i think we sold around 100 copies that night……

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      3. iidorun says:

        Wow! That is fantastic!!

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