The Association was started by Mr. Chang Ming Kiet, who hails from Kuantan. He is about 50 years old and he imports clothes from China for local market . Why he started this home is because of a personal reason. He had a son who had brain fever and became mentally retarded and has since passed away. While caring for the son, he realized many other children are in the same situation without proper care and facilities available.
The home is located at an old single storey bungalow on the main road of Jalan Gasing. Because of space constraints, they have managed to rent an adjacent bungalow for about RM5K per month. This is now under renovation.
Now one of his other son called Eddie is helping out in the home when he is free from helping out in the father’s business. He is assisted by Susan and a few others, some of whom are paid while some are volunteers.
Currently, there are 42 “children” in the home. A few are adults but look and act like children. All of them are mentally challenged but they are grouped generally into 3 different levels of IQ from moderate, mild to severe. The better ones will also help to look after the others. All of them look healthy and well taken care off. When necessary they will be sent to their respective hospitals where the case was recorded for check up, therapy and medication. The home keeps some emergency medicine in case of need.
The home is quite well organized and clean with ample space for the children to spend their time and play games together. A few of those who are unable to move are inside the house. We were told that many of the parents who put the children there are unable to cope or are poor whilst some are single parent.
They have a list of daily items that is needed and their monthly expenses comes to about RM43K. When funds are insufficient, they will transfer from their business to cover. At the time we were there, we noticed quite of lot of visitors who came to donate money and to enquire more about the home. There were also a lot of donations in kind such as pampers, rice, cooking oil, etc.
The Association is organizing a fund raising event on 17th March 2018 at the HGH Convention Centre supported by the Chinese Performing Arts Guild with dances and songs from some well known local singers.
According to Eddie, what is needed most is for more people to visit and spend time with the children as most of their needs for food and lodgings have been catered for. He also said that it would be good for them to be able to assemble some simple therapy equipment for use.
BeCause is considering to support their operational needs through one of its fund raising activities planned for 2018.