New annex to provide more space for needy kids

Ramasamy unveiling a plaque at the launch of the new annex at Shan Childrens’ Home in Prai. With him is Dr Balakrishnan (right).

RESIDENTS at Shan Childrens’ Home on the Penang mainland now have a bigger dwelling area with the opening of an annex to its main premises.

Vice-chairman R. Kurunathan said the RM450,000 annex was renovated at an additional cost of RM180,000.

“The double-storey annex has three rooms upstairs and space for tuition while computer classes will be held downstairs.

“It will be occupied by the girls while the boys will use the old building.

“We now have 15 children comprising 10 girls and five boys, all of whom are schooling,” he said at the launching of the annex in Taman Inderawasih, Prai, by Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy recently.

Kurunathan said the building for the annex was bought by the home’s founder and chairman Datuk Dr S. Balakrishnan while funds for the renovation were obtained from public donations.

Ramasamy praised Dr Balakrishnan for successfully managing the home’s finances since it started operating 17 years ago.

Dr Balakrishnan started the home as well as Shan Childrens’ Home in Mount Erskine with only 10 children.

“Over the years, more than 250 children were brought up at both homes,” said Ramasamy.

“These children who hail from broken families were given food, shelter and education.

“Many from the earlier batches are now successful teachers, businessmen and computer engineers.

“I love visiting the children in both homes and am proud of their performances in school.”

Dr Balakrishnan said the home in Prai had four full-time ‘house parents’ and one safety officer.

“We need at least RM11,000 per month to run the children’s home in Prai.

“Volunteers stopped coming after the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We welcome assistance in cash or kind as our homes are run on public donations,” he said.

For more details, call Kurunathan (012-471 3042).

Alternatively, call the home in Prai at 04-397 3593.

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