Visit to Bodhi Home Care To introduce the Nutrition Program for kids
Bodhi Home Care is situated in a quaint little place in Taman Ikan Emas. It is a welfare home for orphans, people who are physically or mentally challenged and some abandoned old folks.
BeCause has been supporting Bodhi Home Care for many years and members take turn to visit regularly.
Last Thursday, when we visited,was like any other day in the home – some kids just returned from school while older kids were busy caring for the younger ones under the watchful eyes of their caretaker Cheng Yuit.
The children mingled among themselves and are trained to help themselves to lunch. Few elderly folks were hanging around the home – some reclusive and some just love visitors! A young man volunteered his time teaching tuition to some of the children. This was a home with a difference – the spontaneity of the home like a work in progress, the palpable feel of contentment of its residents without any trace of pretentions make one feel like wanting to do something for them!
Caretaker Cheng Yuit and her volunteers work 24/7. We were told that they do not reject homeless people who would walk-in for food. It is also a home to stray cats, dogs, snakes, monitor lizards, musang, birds and you name it! It looks like a herculean task to an ordinary person. Somehow the caretakers have taken it in their stride to provide the care, shelter, food, and making them feel at home.
It is commendable that the home had always adopted the principle of self-sustainabilty and self reliant. Despite the caretakers being fully stretched, they still find time to help other needies outside of Bodhi Home. That says a lot about the caretakers’ selfless attitudes and the values being taught to the commmunity there.
On this occasion, we also presented some quilted blankets beautifully sewn by a friend of Because for the kids of Bodhi Home.
The Nutrition program for kids 0-5 years old
One purpose of our visit was to propose a nutrition programme for babies and young kids below 5 years old, which according to established research is the most critical period for the children’s physical and mental development. If left unchecked, these children may face malnourishment, stunted growth and have poor mental health. The effects of malnutrition are irreversible and affect these children’s future in many ways.
BeCause Society’s members understood the importance of this nutrition program .We have decided to take up this cause and work together with Bodhi Home and other related NGOs to ensure their kids will benefit from this program. Kids with strong bodies and healthy minds equate to a better society and hence a better world. We welcome all our friends to support us in this endeavour as sponsors, volunteers or giving expert advice on kids nutrition.
BeCause hope this humble initiative of ours will make a difference .