Children’s home gets more homey

To a brighter future: Wilson (in blue batik shirt) receiving a RM20,000 mock cheque from Star Foundation representative Ivan Loh at the home in Ayer Tawar.

SERI MANJUNG: Diamond Home in Ayer Tawar was set up in 1996 to provide a conducive environment for underprivileged children to grow up.

Its founder Reverend James Andrew Wilson said the home aims to support and provide for the children, so they can learn and improve their lives in the future.

“A number of them have graduated and left the home.

“There is one physiotherapist, a graphic designer and a few became accountants, ” he said after receiving a RM20,000 mock cheque from Star Foundation representative Ivan Loh at the home in Kampung Columbia on Dec 12.

“We want them to contribute to society in a meaningful way when they grow up, ” he added.

Wilson said the home currently has 22 children aged between five and 18.

“The children consists of those from poor family backgrounds, single parents, orphans and also the disabled, ” he added.

He said the donation from Star Foundation would be used to replace some furniture that were no longer in good condition.

“Some of the wooden cabinets and beds are starting to fall apart.

“We want to provide the children with a comfortable and safe living environment.”

Wilson said many assume the home has a strong financial background because of its huge building.

“The building is the generous contribution of the good samaritans in Sitiawan.

“We also do not get donations from overseas.

“It is such a blessing to have good-hearted Malaysians supporting their fellow countrymen.”

“The home was built to feel homely for the children.

“Just because they are underprivileged does not mean they should be treated differently.”

He said the children are assigned to help clean and maintain the premises, so they have a sense of responsibility for their home.

Wilson added that the home has a monthly expenditure of between RM15,000 and RM18,000.

He said these were spent primarily on utility bills, petrol, sundry items and maintenance of the home.

“We have a van to send the children to school.

“We also get a RM30,000 grant from the government, but only to be used to buy food, ” he noted.

Star Foundation is the charitable arm of Star Media Group and aims to deliver meaningful initiatives with lasting outcomes to a diverse group of beneficiaries.

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