HONG Leong Foundation donated RM143,000 to the Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) for its Child Care Centre on Tuesday. The centre, which was opened in 1991, provides a home for the children of WAO ex-residents.
WAO is an independent, non-religious, non-governmental organisation committed to confronting violence against women.
One of the services that WAO provides is a home for those seeking to escape from violence in the home. At some point in time, the women who have sought refuge with WAO will decide to live independently.
However, because of difficulties in finding a stable source of income, the women are unable to provide for their children sufficiently.
At the centre, the children of WAO's ex-residents are given a home, education at local schools and a support system to meet their physical, mental and emotional needs.
Good cause: Quek (left) handing the mock cheque to Women's Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah.
Annually, the WAO Child Care Centre heals, supports and cares for an average of 25 children of ex-residents which include attending school, tuition, remedial teaching as well as counselling and therapy where necessary.
The centre attempts to provide the children with some sense of normalcy and a life free of violence.
The donation of the Hong Leong Foundation will go towards ensuring that the centre has sufficient funds to operate for the next 12 months beginning this month.
Hong Leong Foundation director Quek Sue Yian said: "When Hong Leong Foundation was approached by Women's Aid Organisation to adopt their Child Care Centre our hearts went out to the children. These children are innocent victims and they deserve to have a fair chance and a go at a peaceful existence."
"To put food on the table and a shelter over their head is a beginning but not the end."
It is our wish to make sure that the children will be guided and nurtured along the right path in the midst of a healthy and conducive learning environment.
All children deserve a happy childhood. Besides giving financial support to the Child Care Centre's operations at a cost of RM143,000 for one year, Hong Leong Foundation is also planning to stage a series of educational and fun activities for the children.
Among the many activities in line are horse-riding trips and visits by Waggie Tails, an SPCA Outreach Programme.
The children will also be taught the importance of money management and savings.
NB: Extracted from The Star dated 23 May 09.