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Published: Friday January 10, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday January 10, 2014 MYT 12:12:43 PM

Gurpuri Foundation is latest children’s home to gain from makeover project

Nippon Paint staff with the children and caretakers of Gurpuri Foundation after the ThumbPrintz workshop.

Nippon Paint staff with the children and caretakers of Gurpuri Foundation after the ThumbPrintz workshop.

AS PART of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme called Colourful Dreams, Nippon Paint successfully adopted and completed three makeovers of children’s homes, the latest being Gurpuri Foundation located in Ulu Kelang, Ampang.

Gurpuri Foundation provides a loving and caring living environment to underprivileged, orphaned and neglected children.

Founded in 2000 with 18 children, the home now has 64 children between the ages of six and 18 years.

Rumah Juara and Pure Life Society were the first two homes to receive physical makeovers from Nippon Paint earlier this year.

“With the Colourful Dreams programme, we want to go beyond just providing physical makeovers.

“Themed ‘Create Joy for Today, Hope for Tomorrow’, Nippon Paint aims to contribute in more meaningful ways by also supporting the children’s emotional and personal development,” said Nippon Paint (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd group general manager Gladys Goh.

Nippon Paint volunteer helping a girl with her treasure box painting.
A volunteer helping a girl with her treasure box painting.

Colourful Dreams is a cross-sectorial collaboration between Nippon Paint, Persatuan Kebajikan Generasi Gemilang (PKGG) and the homes to create a positive environment for children through a series of beneficial activities, in addition to home refurbishments.

PKGG is a non-profit welfare organisation whose core focus is to raise an exemplary next generation and build strong families for a thriving Malaysia.

The recent home makeover at Gurpuri Foundation was completed with a mini workshop that featured treasure box painting.

Living in a shared environment, the children would cherish these boxes to store their personal belongings.

The ThumbPrintz workshop by PKGG also helped lay the foundation for a bright future for these children through experiential learning, including interactive activities, life stories, object lessons, group work and discussion.

Gurpuri Foundation founder and trustee Sukhdaiv Singh said, “We are truly grateful that our wish is finally fulfilled after 13 years. The new coat of paint will definitely be a great sign for a great new year for all the children.

“In addition to painting our home, Nippon Paint has helped beautify the environment while empowering the children to pick the colours they desired.

“I am glad to see the children warming up to the Nippon Paint staff and I am certain that continuous interactions with them will build lasting memories for the children.”

The completion of the three makeovers was celebrated at KidZania with 79 children from Rumah Juara, Pure Life Society and Gurpuri Foundation.

“Colourful Dreams not only aims to empower children with a sense of ownership and responsibility, but it also makes their homes a safer place to live in while we refurbish them,” said Goh.

“We will continue to create a sustainable community by identifying more children’s homes across Malaysia.

“For 2014, we target to adopt another five homes. Nippon Paint continues to remain fully committed in supporting our flagship CSR initiative by contributing our time, funds and voluntary services.

Just a little help from us can spark big dreams in a child,” she added.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, charity, CSR

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