Non-Profit Organisations in Focus: Bodhi Home Care Cheras and Pusat Penjagaan Warga Emas Chan
Address: 3, Lengkungan Ikan Mas, Taman Ikan Mas, off 3 1/2 miles Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Bodhi Homecare is housed in a temple in the predominantly low cost housing area in a part of Cheras. The temple was established by a Chinese monk. In 1999, shortly after obtaining registration as a Society, the monk passed away. A lay committee with Jim and Cheng Yuit as caretakers took over to look after the place. Due to its pleasant surroundings and the presence of a large statue of Quan Yin (Buddha of Compassion), the locals would come to the temple to seek blessings. Some despondents who gave up on their sick/problematic children would leave them at the temple gates.
According to the caretakers, even though the committee had no special experience in handling the sick children, (including mentally challenged), most of them improved after staying in the temple. Words spread. To-date, there are about 20 children ranging from 2 – 21 years living at the temple.
Bodhi Homecare believes that good begets good. Thanks to volunteers and the kind hearted, community services such as medical care, tuition, animal sanctuary, and old folks care are available at the centre for free.
Bodhi Homecare also believes in self-sustainability, instead of always being dependent on donations. They supplement day-to-day running costs by performing funeral services, vegetarian food catering, and lion dance performances. They also operate a small recycling facility. Whenever possible, the older children and fitter inmates would do all chores at the home by themselves.
BeCause is inspired by Bodhi Homecare’s attitude of taking personal responsibility. There is a real need to support their day to day expenses to relieve some of their burden in making ends meet.
Address: 534,Lorong Ayer Lombong, Air Panas , Setapak 53200 Kuala Lumpur
This nursing home housed in two single storey terrace house in Air Panas, Setapak, with 26 elderly people was founded by a kind hearted Mr Chan. The inmates were “rescued” by him when the previous nursing home which they were housed in turned out to be run by an opportunist and cheat. Needless to say, they were living in appalling conditions. When their plight reached the heart of Mr Chan, he decided to start an nursing home himself and invited all the inmates to his new centre.
When donations were running low, Mr Chan would regularly use his own personal resources to make ends meet or embark on some fund raising activities. He is helped by volunteers and salaried staff.
During BeCause’s visit , Mr Chan had talked about renting another premise in the area to cater for the growing list of applicants needing a bed in the home.
BeCause is moved by Mr Chan’s kind heartedness and dedication and the committee voted to fund raise to help him help more needy old folks.