Taking care of kids is a heavy responsibility. You not only need to feed and clothe them but educate them and provide for their emotion and mental well being. When we set up the Hiichiikok Foundation Home For Children Care, we knew it’s not just providing a roof over the heads of these underprivileged children. It goes far beyond that and we were prepared to go the distance.
Raising a kid is no child’s play, what more when you need to look after about 20 of them, mostly from broken families, all under the same roof. These children need to be provided with a holistic care to ensure they grow up to be meaningful members of the society.
Getting the kids access to proper care sometimes requires creativity on the part of the minders. For example, 13 kids from the Home recently went for a dental and vision check up at the SEGi University’s Oral Health Centre and SEGi EyeCare. It was a win-win arrangement; the kids get dental and vision tests and care, while the dentistry and vision sciences students in the University gained practical experience while supervised by their lecturers.
I knew from experience growing up as a child from a poor family in Sibu that if you want something hard enough and if you put in enough effort or creativity into it, you can get it. The same principle is applied in the Home. The kids in the Home are getting fairly decent care, and not all of them costs money or at least not a lot of money.
For example, a volunteer conducts complimentary Karate lessons for the children every Monday evening when we passed the word around that the kids there could do with some physical training. One of the minder’s daughter also brought psychology students from the university she’s studying in to provide free therapy sessions for the children, Another volunteer also offered free baking lessons.
I am thankful to these kind souls whose sacrifice would go a long way in giving these kids self confidence and fan their desire to have a better future. For me, I am glad that these kids have the opportunities to try out and learn things I myself am denied of as a child.