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Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 1:45:32 PM
For the last 13 years, SP Setia Foundation has been investing in education for underprivileged children.
SP SETIA Foundation chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye disclosed recently that the foundation had allocated close to RM24mil for its Setia Adoption Programme since the year 2000.
The foundation was set up under the auspices of SP Setia in the year 2000 with the objective of helping underprivileged individuals and charitable bodies in the areas of education, general and medical welfare.
Although the foundation’s work covers several different areas, it has focused on investing in education for the younger generation through the Setia Adoption Programme.
The programme provides basic education assistance to underprivileged primary and secondary school students in eight states.
The children’s basic educational needs, including their meals in schools and tuition fees, are taken care of.
Lee said it was a privilege to be given the opportunity to help deserving Malaysians particularly students, irrespective of race, who need assistance.
In the year 2000, there were only 79 primary schoolchildren in the programme.
Today, that number has multiplied to 2,800 primary school pupils who benefit from the foundation’s aid yearly.
All in, a total of 8,403 students have benefited and the programme’s reach has grown to include 400 secondary school students and 13 tertiary education students.
The focus on education is because the foundation believes that children carry the nation’s hopes for the future.
Poverty should not be an obstacle for anyone seeking knowledge and education.
Attention is given to the children’s personal development and this is monitored through yearly home visits by SP Setia volunteers who check on the students’ home life and their progress.
Regular motivational camps and exam workshops are conducted to prepare and motivate the children for success.
The foundation also makes it a point to acknowledge their achievements through the Annual Excellence Awards Celebration for Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) pupils.
This year, 190 pupils were given due recognition for their excellent results in the UPSR exams.
Last November, the Setia Adoption Programme expanded its reach to Sabah where it now offers aid to six primary schools in Kota Kinabalu.
All the projects and activities carried out by the foundation were made possible through the committed support of its employees and volunteers.
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