Monday, 5 April 2010

Shepherd Centre Foundation

Met with Mr Clement on arrival

These are Mr Clement's well trained assistants

Happy with the food and stationeries

Extend your helping hands, please

Following are the pictures courtesy of Shepherd's Centre Foundation Homepage


Went to the Shepherd's Centre Foundation for an unscheduled visit recently. Caught up with Mr Clement with some of the senior boys chit-chatting outside the centre, apparently they had just completed the Good Friday celebration and all the kiddos had gone back to their respective dorms to rest.

Unloaded a box of cookies for the children breakfast and also brought some stationeries given by Villi, my son to the home.

I went on to the office and made a small donation and was briefed by Mr Clement that the centre is currently housing 100 children including 3 children who are terminally ill.

Till today, making ends meet at the Shepherd's Centre is still a challenge. RM60,000 per month is the bare mininum to defray the centre's overhead costs. Medical expenses, food items, rentals and vehicle maintenance are the main expenditures.

It was at this point, Mr Clement updated me about their 'new centre' which is located at Rinching, Semenyih. Opened about 3 years ago, this centre comprises of two single storey houses of which one is on rental and the other one was donated by a kind samaritan (in term of supporting the rental for 10 years), according to Mr Clement.

The Rinching home accommodates boys under the Skill Training Program.

With the guidance of Pastor Jacob, the boys have turned the place into a small farm by rearing fishes and planting vegetables, supplying to a portion of the centre's daily needs and help to lighten the burden of the foundation.

To illustrate a simple example, a small "Ikan Kembong", the centre needs 100 pieces of "Ikan Kembong" for one meal to feed each of the 100 children at the centre, what if some of them wants to eat more? As such, the idea of self-sustained living was mooted to ease the increasingly straining financial of the centre and at the same time keeping the children occupied with a positive way of life, says Mr Clement.

Through the pictures courtesy of the Shepherd's Centre Foundation homepage, I saw the children at Rinching are full of life. Since our charity drive is up and about, let us join hands together and work something out for these underprivileged children.

Will you be interested to join me for a visit there in May?

To contact :

20, Taman Aik Ann, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Foster home: No.23, Jln.Besar, Tmn. Hiew Piew, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603-87231213 / 6770, Fax: +603-87234243, H/P: 0192662525


23, Jalan 3/2, Phase 3, Bandar Rinching, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan

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