Last week, the Hiichiikok Foundation Home For Children Care marked its second anniversary. It was on March 10, 2014 that two siblings came into the Home off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. That marked the start of the Home’s operations. It has not been smooth sailing, but it has since overcome its teething problems and grew into a fully functioning refuge for underprivileged kids.
The Home now houses less than 20 children, aged between five and 16. As care providers, our top priority for the kids is their education, including creating a conducive physical, mental and emotional environment for them to learn. They are all enrolled in nearby government schools or kindergartens. It is only through education that they can break free from the vicious cycle of poverty.
As chairman of the Hiichiikok Foundation’s Executive Committee, I am gratified to note that some of the children are doing well in their studies. Last year, two of the kids took their UPSR examinations, both of whom passed. One of them scored 4As and the Home organised a simple celebration to encourage him and other children to do well in their studies.
But it’s not all books and no play in the Home. The kids are brought to outings, to broaden their worldview and ensure they receive a holistic growth. Recently they made a trip to Port Dickson where they visited the Armed Forces Museum and an ostrich farm. All these were possible through the generosity of well-wishers and supporters. Volunteers also conducted yoga classes, counselling and spent time reading with the kids. The children had also visited an old folk’s home and took part in a charity bazaar to teach them about generosity, of which they had been on the receiving end of.
Recently, the Home received another generous offer. An entrepreneur had offered two bungalows in Klang for a nominal rent to house the children. This will double the capacity of the current Home, which means more underprivileged kids can be taken care of.
The Hiichiikok Foundation Home For Children Care has indeed come a long way since we started two years ago. The most satisfying part is knowing that we had just started our journey and there will be many more years to go, and many children’s lives to change.