Home provides shelter and education to unlucky kids


Helping hand: Vamathevan (right) receiving a mock cheque from The Star’s journalist R. Rajasekaran, at the Batu Grace Children’s Home in Kulim, Kedah.

ALOR SETAR: Providing shelter and education to orphans and needy children has been the hallmark of Batu Grace Children Home.

Set up in 2008, the home has 55 children, aged between eight months and 18 years old, two senior citizens and three single mothers.

“We started off with only three children. It is now a full-fledged centre for children from broken families, including those whose parents are in prison or are victims of domestic violence,” said the home’s patron Datuk N. Vamathevan.

Since its inception, some 120 children were either in colleges or had completed their SPM.

“At least five of them are in local universities.

“What we give the children is hope for a better future and an education,” Vamathevan said after receiving a cheque for RM30,000 from the Star Foundation at the home in Kulim recently.

Starting with just a single unit, the home has expanded into five houses in Jalan Desa Aman, Padang Meha.

The children have been taught to be independent with volunteers providing care, attention and managing their day-to-day needs, while the teachers assist them in their studies, said Vamathevan.

“We have instilled discipline in every child, while handling them with care and love.

“They are taught to adopt proper attire, cleanliness, respect for the elderly and have compassion.

“Many of the children have experienced bitterness due to the neglect of their parents and we ensure they are well taken care of,” Vamathevan said.

The home has a computer room for volunteer teachers to teach computer classes and academic subjects during the weekends.

“We also provide counselling and guidance on how they could perform well in their education,” he said.

He added that all these were possible thanks to donations and support from the public, corporate companies and non-governmental organisations for more than a decade.

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