Why not throw a unique suggestion to the children and give them a chance to demonstrate the compassion in them.
Firstly is to tell them to pick a choiced home, and then start planning ahead of the visit i.e: start collecting their old toys, used clothes, stationery, story books, open up their piggy bank and let them decide how much they wish to donate to their friends in the orphanage.
Lastly, help them draw a greeting card that carry a warm Christmas cheer to the friends that will celebrate the day without their parents.
We often do this with our kids and we realized that overtime, it becomes their way of life by thinking of the less fortunate and appreciate their own blessed life even more. Most importantly, we want to instill love, kindness and compassion in them from young.
Here are some homes with their wish-lists and are awaiting your visit:
STEPPING STONE LIVING CENTRE
Lot 102-C, Jalan Sungai Dua, Taman Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2260 2290 or 016-385 8161 (Pastor Johnson).
The centre was started by Pastor Johnson in November 1998. Together with his wife and friends, they began the task of cleaning and repairing a deserted house in Taman Seputih which is now home to 100 orphans aged between three and 21 years. The home has one hostel for girls, two hostels for boys, one home for pre-schoolchildren and an additional home for old folks.
Wishing for: Urgently needs school material, including uniforms and shoes, for the children before school starts in January.
* Sponsorship of the school-going children as the home cannot afford the school fees.
* Clothes and shoes. Well-wishers can call the home and they will be furnished with the children’s ages and sizes.
CITY REVIVAL BOYS AND GIRLS HOMES
No. 7, Jalan USJ20/1E (Boy’s Home) and No.2 Jalan USJ11/1D (Girl’s Home), UEP Subang Jaya. Tel: 03-5636 1546, firstname.lastname@example.org
The homes are part of the City Revival Community Services Bhd and the board of directors comprise Pastor Suresh Sundram, Dr James Sadandan and Bernard Teh. It was started in July 2006 as a community project of the City Revival Church in Subang Jaya to help needy children. There are 14 boys and three girls. The girl’s home was opened in February. Each home is supervised by house parents. The children’s daily activities include prayer, recreation, studies and house chores, besides excursions (some of which are sponsored) on weekends and holidays.
·RO water distiller
·Volunteers to provide tuition and chaperone outings.
No. 2, Jalan Bukit Semenyih 6, Taman Bukit Semenyih, Semenyih. Tel: 03-8723 2028 or 019-254 0028 (Angie Retnam).
Founded in 2003, the home is struggling to make ends meet. According to former nurse and Malaysian Care employee Angie Retnam, 56, Cornerstone needs RM10,000 monthly for maintenance. The rental of RM1,000 for the two double-storey units is taken care of by a church.
The home shelters 10 boys and four girls aged between two and 15 years.
“We depend on public donations, we do not have any patron who donates consistently,” Retnam said.
·School supplies such as shoes, socks, bags, uniforms, stationery and books.
No. 14, Jalan SS3/84, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 012-288 5560 (Association president Peter Raj).
Established two years ago and is being run by the Kasih Welfare Association. The home houses 17 girls between the ages of seven and 17 who come from broken homes. The home, in a rented property, has two house-mothers taking care of the children and a driver to ferry the children to school, tuition and other activities. Operating expenses come up to RM144,000 annually.
PRECIOUS CHILDREN HOME
No. 11, Lorong 3/57A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 016-361 4733 (Evelyn).
The home has 19 children, four to 14 years old, who came from broken homes and those rescued from the streets.
Home administrator Evelyn Robert says the home has been looking for cupboards from suppliers and second-hand shops but had yet to find affordable and durable ones. The children, especially the boys, are presently using plastic boxes to keep their belongings.
·Cupboards for the children’s belongings.
TRINITY CHILDREN’S HOME
No. 5, Jalan Bukit Menteri Utara 7/4, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7958 5313 / 016-242 7775.
After moving out from Taman Kanagapuram last year due to complaints from neighbours, Mary Moses finally found a place for the kids to call home. Their previous home was situated in a dense neighbourhood and some could not bear the noise made by the children. The home has about 20 children now, aged six to 15 years and are mostly siblings abandoned by their divorced parents. Rental for the bungalow has doubled since they moved in but the house is definitely in a more suitable location.
·Bedsheets and blankets.
·Bicycles for children.
SAIVA SIDDHANTA MALAYSIA (AMBU ILAM WELFARE HOME)
2258, Jalan Permata 22, Taman Permata, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-4107 2809 (Arunasalam Koothan / Tharmothran Muthusamy).
The home has about 30 children aged 7 to 16 years. Most are orphans and from broken homes as well as children of single mothers. Wishing for:
·Provisions like food.
ANGELS CHILDREN’S HOME KUALA LUMPUR
No. 126, Jalan Hujan Gerimis 2, Overseas Union Garden, 5th Mile, Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7983 2126 / 016-629 2933 (Belinda Chew).
The home has 12 children between eight and 12 years old. Most of them are abandoned or underprivileged children. The home was set up in May 2004 and requires about RM6,000 a month to keep going. The home sources its income from sponsors and through its own charity sales and events.
·Clothes, shoes and bags.
SHEPHERD CENTRE FOUNDATION
Taman Aik Ann, Semenyih, Selangor. Tel: 019-266 2525 (Pastor Jacop) / 016-317 3985 (Pastor Joseph).
Founded by Pastor Jacob and his wife Bridget David in 1993 and was officially registered in 2000, to provide care and love for destitute children. The home started with two children, and now has 97 children. The youngest is aged 18 months and oldest is 22 years old. So far, over 200 children have benefitted from the home which is managed by a Board of Trustees. Daily work is done by 15 staff. Its monthly expenditure is RM78,000. Referrals to the orphanage comes from the Social Welfare Department, police, hospitals, churches, prison departments, NGOs, individuals, foreign embassies and the children’s relatives. The foundation runs a Toddler’s Home, Boy’s Home, Girl’s Home, Terminally Ill Children’s Home and Skills Training Centre.
·Two laptops for the four college students at the home.
RAPHA CHILDREN’S HOME
No 1, Lorong Air Putih 68 (off Jalan Beserah), Kuantan, Pahang. Tel: 09-568 1040.
Rapha, which means “healing” in Hebrew, was founded on Aug 27, 1998, by the Kuantan Pastors and Leaders Fellowship under the chairmanship of Rev Richard Ong and is now home to 28 children aged between three and 19 years. Its objective is to provide care for underprivileged and abused children as well as orphans. It is manned by five full-time staff,— a supervisor, a chef, a driver and two workers. The home is overseen by a committee comprising a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and five board members. Election of its board members is held every two years. Rapha has been organising fundraisers every year to raise money to sustain its operations. Supervisor Grace Yeap said the centre depended entirely on donations. Among the children at the home presently are four siblings, including a pair of twins who were finally united at Rapha after being separated when they were toddlers due to family problems.
·Education sponsorship, especially at tertiary level.
·Foodstuff such as meat, milk powder, instant noodles, eggs and cooking oil, and beverages
·Washing detergent and dishwashing liquid.
THE SALVATION ARMY CHILDREN’S HOME
No. 138, Jalan Uplands, Kuching, Sarawak. Tel: 082-248234
& THE SALVATION ARMY BOYS HOME
Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching. Tel: 082-242 623.
Established in 1950 to care for children from deprived backgrounds, it currently looks after 59 children aged from two to 19 years. The majority are of primary school age, while 12 of the children aged six and below are in the Home’s nursery section. Superintendent Major M. Kamala said most of the children came from broken homes or have single parents. Some of them have disabled parents or come from poor families. At the Home, the children receive a balanced programme of activities from education and healthcare to recreation, counselling and spiritual guidance. Volunteers visit the Home to organise activities such as games and tuition. The Salvation Army also runs a Boys Home at Ban Hock Road to care for teenage boys. Generally, boys from the Children’s Home are transferred to the Boys Home when they turn nine. In the Boys Home, they learn carpentry, fish rearing and other skills and also receive support for their studies at school.
·Primary school workbooks and secondary school reference books
·Children’s books for the nursery
·Dining room tables
·Play equipment or games suitable for groups
·A4 and coloured paper (for school projects)
·Toiletries such as deodorant and shampoo.
RUMAH DAMAI OLD FOLKS HOME
1526-D, Taman Kelana Setia, off Jalan Ibrahim, Bukit Besar, Kuala Terengganu. Tel: 09-626 1618.
The Christian-run home is caring for more than 30 old folks. Caretaker Patrick Yap Kok Weng said residents are ferried to and from church service and clinics for check-ups. The Nissan C20 is over 25 years old and breaks down frequently. When the van is out of service, the home’s frail residents have to be sent by taxis to the church and clinic.
Wishing for: A roadworthy van.
HAPPINESS CENTRE (BAHAGIA MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN CENTRE)
No. 4803-C, Taman Anggerik, Klebang Kecil, Malacca. Tel: 019-752 8949 or 06-336 4561 (Roy or Nancy); www.happinesscentre.org.my
Roy Collar set up the centre in 2000 as a safe haven for intellectually- and physically-challenged children who have been abandoned or are from very poor families. Most of these children have multiple disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, polio paralysis and speech impairment to blindness and mental disorders. There are currently 35 children at the centre.
·Diapers in children (XL) and adults sizes
·Single fitted bedsheets
·Washing machine (12 kg)
PERSATUAN IBUBAPA MUHIBAH MELAKA
No. 11-A, Jalan Pegaga 1, Taman Merdeka, Batu Berendam Malacca. Tel: 016-968 4463 or 017-279 6621 (Andiene or Loy).
Founded by Angela Kong and Adriene Ang in 2007, this non-governmental association provides assistance and guidance to single parents, the underprivileged, senior citizens and the disabled irrespective of race. Besides providing food and aid, the association also provides training to single mothers to help them become self-sufficient. There are currently 48 members.
·Groceries including infant milk.
·Diapers for children and adults.
·Clothes for children and adults.
·Bicycles (for children to commute to school).
·Spectacles or vouchers for prescription glasses.
·Cooking utensils (for single mothers operating food stalls).
CALVARY GRACE HOME
No. 1-B, Jalan Mustapha, Johor Baru, Johor. Tel: 07-227 9697; www.pkk.org.my
Opened in 2004 by the Johor Baru Calvary Welfare Centre, it is a safe haven for 49 women with various problems. Home supervisor Josephine Subramaniam, 44, said only 40% of the
Rsidents get visits from their families. Some of the women here suffer from schizophrenia and depression while others have Down Syndrome. The centre runs solely on public donations, which is tax-exempted.
Inanam, Sabah. Tel: 088-424 567.
The non-profit organisation founded by social worker Anne Keyworth to provide care for the physically and mentally disabled as well as train them to be self-dependant and useful citizens. It also provides counselling and aid to the abused, neglected children and their parents. The NGO was registered on Nov 8, 1989 under the Trustees Ordinance Act in Sabah. Located about 8km from Kota Kinabalu, the home is sheltering more than 40 children and women.
SUNBEAMS HOME FOUNDATION
No. 54, Jalan Bunga Melor 16A, Taman Mawar, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-4296 2186 / 0867 / 3940 / 7030 (Pastor Alvin Tan Ooi Seng, chairman).
The home has about 127 children between two and 22 years old. Most of them are from broken homes, victims of abuse and children of single mothers. It requires RM80,000 monthly to maintain.
·Clothes, shoes and stationery.
No. 1, Jalan USJ 1/2L, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 012-661 0650 (Roy Tan, vice chairman).
Since 1991, Persatuan Rumah Kanak-Kanak Ini Di Sayangi (Rumah KIDS) has been a loving home for orphans, abused and abandoned children. Here, the young lives find peace and security. They settle into a routine of study and play, supervised daily by the house parents. Besides providing for the children’s basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education, KIDS Home also cares for the spiritual and mental development of every child. Presently, it shelters over 60 children in four separate houses (two in Klang and two in Subang Jaya) with the help of seven staff and two part-time workers as well as volunteers.
HANDICAPPED & MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN CENTRE
A4784, Jalan Tengku Muhammad, Alor Akar, Kuantan, Pahang. Tel: 09-567 8245.
Due to the rising cost of living, the Handicapped & Mentally Retarded Children Centre is facing difficulties in its upkeep. Centre supervisor James Perumal said the home had survived the past 12 years due entirely to generous Malaysians from all walks of life. Previously, individuals and companies had donated every month but in recent times, the donations are mostly received only during festive seasons. The centre, housed in rented premises, is nearing its capacity of 35 residents. There are now 22 men and nine women, aged between 15 and 54. Only 12 of them are paying residents as family members of the remaining are either too poor or had abandoned them. The centre opened on May 19, 1997, with seven paid staff but due to costs, only three have been retained to cook for the residents and bathe them, and clean the house. It is in urgent need of adult diapers (free size or L).
·Electrical products such as television and electric fans.
·Volunteers to keep them company and cheer them up.
SERI MENGASIH CENTRE
Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Tel: 088-223 221.
It is a special developmental centre providing a comprehensive range of training programmes for the intellectually disabled and services for their families.
It was established in 1981 as the first special school in Sabah for children whose special requirements could not be met in mainstream schools. The project was initiated by a group of volunteers in collaboration with Sabah Mental Health Association and established by a board of management. A footballers’ changing room at the Likas Sports Complex was used to start the first class for 10 children aged six to 12 years. The pioneer staff consisted of three teachers, a general helper, and a Cuso (Canada) volunteer worker as its first principal.
·A self-contained square mobile booth to serve as a sales outlet for products made by vocational trainees.
·A house or apartment near a bus stop to train adult students to live independently within the community.
·A van to transport students and teachers.
·Heavy-duty plastic chairs.
·DVD players as teaching aids.
·Sports equipment (footballs, volleyballs, etc)
RURAL CHILDREN, SARAWAK
via Good Shephered Church, Marudi. Tel: 019-825 5017 (Rev Fr Robert Muyang); & St Francis Centre, Belaga. Tel: 019-483 0200 (Rev Fr Sylvester Ding).
The Catholic church is helping to collect items from donors to be distributed to children from rural areas in Sarawak. The Orang Ulu and Penan children are from poverty stricken families of farmers and jungle-collectors, most of whom live in longhouses deep in the remote interior of Baram and Kapit districts.
·Cakes, soft drinks, candies, chocolates
·Stationeries including watercolour sets, colouring books, diaries, pens and pencils.
THE LOVE FOUNDATION - HOME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
Jalan Rogayah, Taman Iskandar, Johor Baru, Johor. Tel: 07-333 8044 or 012-789 3839 (Eric).
The centre founded by Eric Tay Leng Kiong cares for more than 30 special children, who suffer from Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Its RM20,000 monthly operating costs include the salaries of 10 staff to provide care and attention to the children.