KUANTAN: Pertubuhan Komuniti Harap Kuantan held its inaugural charity gala concert recently and it turned out to be a huge success.
Its founder and chairperson Yvonn Chan said besides raising funds for the organisation, the event was also to create public awareness of Harap.
At the event, Chan said Harap was founded in 2013 with the vision of inspiring hope and enriching lives of the community
“We are committed and determined to serve the poor and needy in two pillars – education and community care service, ” she said.
Chan said Harap’s Goodtime English programme was designed to focus on non-English speaking underprivileged children, most of whom were from orphanages.
She said the children learn the language in a fun atmosphere through videos, songs, games and role-playing to remove their fear of speaking English.
Chan said Youth Aspirasi was another programme developed to help young people balance their emotional, intellectual and social needs.
“The youths today are lost in their own world. They are constantly looking for fun and excitement. Many are strong in IQ due to the Internet but weak emotionally.
“A lot of them can’t meet life’s challenges and give up their dreams and life easily. They need true friendship, guidance and mentors to help them know who they are, to discover their self-worth, identity and to know that they are precious, ” said Chan.
Under the community care pillar, Harap runs the B40Care, which focused on the elderly, single mothers and the Orang Asli while the MedikCare programme was targeted at the poor and sick.
“Under MedikCare, we provide home care medical equipment for patients facing life-limiting illnesses, injuries or who are terminally ill. We also provide diapers and milk powder for the poor and undernourished.
“We journey with patients giving them and their family members emotional support and helping them with social welfare application. This is a very challenging work as we meet different kinds of patients with different physical and emotional needs, ” said Chan.
She said Harap hopes to build a community centre in the near future to uplift the young and old with interactive activities and programmes.
“In this era, many are suffering from loneliness, depression, feeling unloved and unwanted. May Harap inspires hope and enrich the lives of every young and old, ” she said.