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I had written before about how the Hiichiikok Foundation’s Home For Children Care had given underprivileged kids a second chance in their lives. Having came from a poor family myself, I know how important it is to be given a leg-up. Many of these kids in the Home came from broken homes, replete of love and care. As a result, their studies were affected and they themselves developed negative traits.

But after coming to the Home in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, many started to change for the better. Caring minders and a comfortable place to call home, have helped these children reestablish their purpose in life and a chance to break the poverty cycle which they came from.

Take Sundra Mohan, 14, whom I last wrote about being made a class monitor in his school in Sentul after undergoing tremendous personal transformation. Last year, he was even selected to undergo a leadership camp organised by My Shining Star Foundation.

Recently, Mohan received an award from his school for having improved the most in his studies and attitude. To top it off, he was part of the winning team for the school’s marching competition. Today, Mohan is vibrant and optimistic young boy, a far cry from the rebellious and pessimistic teenager when he first came into the Home.

Mohan is not the only one from the Home bagging medals. Tham Yee Ling, a Standard Five athletic lass won five medals in an inter-school sporting competition for her school, SJK (C) Chiao Nan. Another resident, Mah Pei Kei, 13, also won a silver medal in the 4×100 meter sprint relay from his school.

Some of the residents in the Home also have an artistic streak. Loo Xin Yi, seven, took part in a colouring contest organised by the Sentul District police headquarters (IPD) during its Family Day celebrations recently. Her entry won the first prize and she took home a bicycle. Her artwork is still on display at the IPD.

These may not sound like ground-breaking achievements to some of us. But considering the backgrounds these kids came from, these baby steps are significant. We are proud that the Home has been able to provide them a conducive environment to develop their own potentials.

After all, they are all diamonds in the rough. They need to be polished for them to achieve their full potential. The potential for greatness lives in all of us.

The Home is run by the Hiichiikok Foundation, which I founded and now act as its chairman.

 

Loo Xin Yi and her bicycle

Loo Xin Yi and her bicycle

winning entry

 

Yee Ling and her medals

Yee Ling and her medals

 

Mohan and his certificate for having shown most improvement in school

Mohan and his certificate for having shown most improvement in school

 

Mohan and his medal for the marching competition

Mohan and his medal for the marching competition

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