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NASAM 2015 Food & Fun Fair

This year’s NASAM 2015 Food & Fun Fair on 14th June started off on a rainy morning. Despite some delay in the setting up of the stalls due to the wet conditions and soggy ground, the crowd started coming in as early as 8am.

BeCause members/volunteers were busy at their stalls which also included the portable Petting Zoo (courtesy of Sunway Lagoon).

This year, as a regular activity, BeCause sponsored about 20 orphans and neglected kids from Bodhi Homecare, Cheras to have a fun day at the Fair. The boisterous group attracted a lot of attention and in particular the Lions Club (K.L.) who had set up a food stall and invited the orphans over to have free meals and a group photo taken. Hopefully this encounter will result in a better tomorrow and future for the orphanage.

Because members truly showed the right attitude in engaging in charity work and volunteerism with their spirited and joyful effort. We shall let the photos here speak for themselves!

 

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Wefie time with Lions Club members

 

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Thank you to Sunway Lagoon for sponsoring the Petting Zoo!

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BeCause member laying cardboard on the muddy ground for the public’s ease of walking

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Big thank you to the wonderful BecCause volunteers!

Helping, learning, and painting at Kajang Caring Home

Fourteen Help Institute college students wrote to BeCause to help them to fulfil their Study Skills volunteerism assignment.

BeCause was happy to work out an appropriate program of activities for them so that they have a deeper feel for charity work .

The program started on 13th June, with a briefing at BeCause centre to introduce our organization and its objectives. One of our objectives is to empower youths to contribute more to Society and to remove the wrong notion that charity is only about money and belonged to the domain of rich and famous adults.

Kajang Caring Home’s caretaker Wendy Yap had earlier been looking for help to repaint the Home’s two houses.

This opportunity seemed timely and the job was suitable for the Help students as it is working indoor. Our President and wife kindly sponsored all the paint, painting tools and materials needed for the job.

On Saturday, 20th June, the painting effort started at 10am with some invaluable help from an elder from the Home who gave some tips to the students on how to do a professional painting job.

The students put in 5 hrs of solid work! Actually the painting part was easy. The preparation to move, cover and protect the furnitures, beds etc and getting the students to learn quickly how to mix paint and acquire basic painting technique was the challenging part.

The students worked diligently and completed the job ahead of schedule before 3pm. After cleaning up everything and making sure the beds and other furniture were back in their original places, the caretaker only had praises for them. We could see happy faces amongst the Home’s inmates.

What a wonderful and meaningful way for youths to spend a Saturday in this way!

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Getting practical painting tips

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Helpful youths with kind hearts

 

 

 

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Rumah Caring Kajang residents having a relaxing afternoon

 

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Useful life skills learned while helping others!

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BeCause President getting his hands dirty!

 

How you can help Bodhi Homecare Cheras

We visited Bodhi Homecare Cheras in March 2015, this is a follow-up post to provide the public with more information on this Buddhist monk’s legacy.

Bodhi Homecare Cheras is a registered home, set up in 1989 to house and take care of handicapped and abandoned children (presently aged 8 onwards) as well as needy and some disabled old folks forsaken by their families. In total there are about 40 inmates.

Although this home has its beginnings as a temple founded by a Chinese monk from China, it is now run by full-time lay members. The committee is a small group comprising of :- 
1) Mr Jims Shee – Chairman 
2) Ms Ng Ching Yuet – Treasurer 
3) Ms Chua Ching Le – Secretary

The committee members stay in the homecare to give the inmates their fullest attention and care. 

This humble homecare is situated on state land. Sometime back, the living quarters caught fire and were destroyed. This unlucky incident was followed by the Government reclaiming land to build a highway. As such, there is no space to rebuild proper living quarters at this point in time. 

Some members of BeCause have made several visits to observe the inmates, caregivers and the overall environment. There are no frills and wasteful spending. Indeed, the home is run on very frugal guidelines. For the daily meals, vegetables are sometimes donated to the home after the market in the vicinity closes. Some meat is bought and the abled inmates help the caregivers to cook wholesome meals. We see healthy and happy children and old folks who are well cared for. 

As the Bodhi Homecare is an NGO, the committee runs a small recycling station of donated items like clothes, plastic ware, newspapers etc for sale. This contributes to about 50% of their expenses which include living, medicare and schooling expenses for the inmates. Otherwise, they thrive on the occasional donations from the public. 

Despite this, Bodhi Homecare provides free medical services and traditional herbal medicine to the needy public as they have a TCM doctor who comes on Sundays to donate his service. In addition, they give out bags of rice and food stuffs donated to them by the public to the more needy who comes a calling. Bodhi Homecare also maintains a station for about 50 abandoned and sick dogs left at their doorstep. The centre also provides free tuition and a kindergarten for poor children from the public. 

Bodhi Homecare has an urgent need to accomplish their list of priorities:-

1) The members are presently accumulating funds to erect a stupa to house the statue of Kuan Yin who is seated in the main temple hall. They will then convert the hall to be sleeping quarters where all the inmates sleep on mattresses on the floor. 

2) A wall and front gate are currently being built to encompass the centre. This will serve to protect the inmates from intruders and also to prevent flooding of the centre. Incidentally the centre is located below the road and water with garbage from the nearby market are always flowing into the premise. 

3) The building of fish pond is in progress for the release of lives (in this case, fishes). A pond for releasing tortoise is already in existence. 

4) The centre hopes to relocate 2 Tenaga posts to make more space to build the stupa and provide parking area for visitors.

5) The centre also aspires to relocate the huge dustbins of the wet market located nearby as the stench and flies are unhealthy for the inmates. 

6) The centre has finally completed building a proper kitchen. 

BeCause believes this home is deserving of our aid as we can see the sincerity and earnestness of the caregivers to love and care for these unfortunate inmates. We are blessed to be able to provide assistance for them.

To this end, BeCause is in the midst of organising something fun and challenging in September 2015 to help Bodhi Homecare. Stay tuned for more details!

Rumah Caring Kajang Needs Your Help!

We first visited Rumah Caring Kajang in January 2012, and had kept in touch with Wendy Yap the caretaker since then. We were made aware during that visit that the neighbours staying nearby were not happy with the operations of Rumah Caring Kajang, which caused difficulties in renewing their MBKJ license. It seems that things have come to a head, as we received recent news that Rumah Caring Kajang is now facing problems associated with having to relocate to another place.

BeCause Secretary Patrick Chan, his wife Viviene and new member Julia together with her group of charity minded friends visited the home on 10 May 2015 to bring the good news to Wendy. The group also brought food and other items needed by the Home. One of the group members who had healing skills also gave free massage to the old folks who thoroughly appreciated the pain relief session.

Wendy updated the group on the current status of their plight. A kindhearted soul had offered a piece of land in Sg Tangkas, Bangi at a discounted price, but the land and the building costs would still come up to about RM1.5 million. Application had been made to Majlis Perbandaran Kajang sometime ago to convert the land to “kebajikan” status, but it is still pending to-date.

The home had been served eviction notices by the local council since 4 years ago. After numerous appeals,the final notice was to move out by end of this year. This posed a real concern for Wendy as she does not have the financial resources nor capacity to have the buildings up without help of sponsors and public donation. She added that she can close the Home but no one could provide an answer as to how to look after the Home’s 50 residents.

Visitors to Caring Home will notice that the home is well kept and clean with lots of flowers and fruits in the garden to make the surroundings pleasant.

All the old folks seemed contented and happy there. Wendy keeps them active and feeling useful by arranging motivational talks and giving them simple household assignments to do so that they stay mentally healthy and feel a sense of belonging within a large family. It is very inspirational to know that she managed to achieve this despite also being involved in helping about 100 single mothers and their children by providing education and whatever resources she had in hand at the Home.

BeCause hope that kind hearted folks would join hands to help Wendy to build Caring Home a new building so that she can continue the good work she is doing to benefit many more who need such care and a home.

To this end, BeCause will be organizing something exciting September 2015 to help Rumah Caring Kajang. Stay tuned for more details!

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Together we can make a difference!

Bodhi Homecare Cheras – A humble monk’s legacy

On Sunday 22nd March, 5 Because members visited the Bodhi Homecare Cheras for abandoned and underprivileged children. We were met by Ms Ng Ching Yuet. After a quick show around the place , we sat down in the kitchen area to hear Mr. Jim, one of the 7 temple committee member share with us the temple’s history going back to 1999 and how it had now turned into a local community care centre despite their struggles.

The temple was founded by a Chinese monk from China. Shortly after obtaining registration as a legal society, the monk passed away. There were no successors. A 7 lay member committee (all working fulltime) took over to look after the place. Due to its pleasant surroundings and the presence of a large statue of Quan Yin, the locals would come to the temple to seek blessings. Some despondents who gave up on their sick or problematic children would leave them at the temple gates. The temple was located in a low income group area in Cheras.

According to Jim, even though the committee had no special experience in handling the sick children (including children with down syndrome), most of them improved after staying in the temple. Words spread. To date there are about 20 children with ages ranging from 2 – 21 years being taken care of at Bodhi Homecare Cheras.

Jim lamented that at one stage the authorities wanted to evict them, as the building was on State land and in the path of a new highway to be built. They refused to leave. Shortly afterwards, a part of the temple which was the living quarters caught fire and was destroyed. Eventually, the highway was built through the temple land (exactly where the quarters used to be). Thankfully there were no more incidents nor demands to evict after that.

This created an urgent need to make space within the existing premise to provide for extra accommodation. We observed that almost every available space in the temple had been utilized to provide basic facilities to run the community services which include free medicare, welcare, educare and homecare. These services were administered by volunteers and professionals with expertise.

All in all it was a very meaningful and inspiring visit . This centre certainly will be taken into consideration when Because Committee meet to come up with a list of worthy causes to be beneficiaries of our upcoming Charity Hunt Fund raising in August this year.

 

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A Visit to Kerdau Orang Asli Settlement

During the Chinese New year our VP Mr Kevin Tan, together with staff of his company, the Sunway group, distributed goodies and angpows to Kerdau folks under their CSR program. He noted that the nearby orang asli community were underprivileged and asked whether Because could look into improving their lives especially when they had been badly hit by the recent flood. Because members decided to visit the village on 7 th March.

Thanks to prior arrangements made by our VP, the Chairman of the Kerdau School PTA Mr. Ang was on hand to brief us on the Orang Asli’s situation. After a simple lunch he kindly took us into the village which was a few kilometres through a palm oil plantation.

The headman of the Orang Asli and a few other members of their community took us to one of their long houses where we all sat down on the floor to listen to him talk.

It was heartening to hear they were coping quite well on their own with all the basic necessities taken care of. They had no immediate needs. The headman asked if we could provide them with a motorized sampan as they did not have one during the recent flooding of the area. After the discussion, we were taken to a building used as kindergarten. They needed to extend it to provide a dining place for the kids. Adjacent to the kindergarten was a brick house meant for the resident teacher. It had some cracks in the walls and was abandoned. One of the Orang Asli representatives asked if that could be repaired or needed to be rebuilt. Our President, a Civil Engineer immediately did a cursory check of the single storey building. There was no immediate danger of the house collapsing as the cracks were due to uneven ground settlement. Our President adviced the headman that if the cracks did not open up further indicating ground movement had stabilized, the cracks could be patched up with high strength mortar. Stiffeners could be erected to strength those walls which had slanted slightly. Members also noted that the few playground equipments near the kindergarten was in state of disrepair and rusted through.

The visit ended around 3pm.

*Because committee will be meeting end of March to decide whether to include this cause into our list of beneficiaries for the proposed Charity Hunt fund raising planned for August 2015.

 

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Chatting with the Headman in the long house

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The rusty playground – aftermath of the floods

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Small kindergarten

 

Ending the year with New Hope Rumah Safiyyah and Lumi Air

29th of November 2014 marked the last charity event for BeCause. Our committee capped the year by organizing a trip for 36 orphans and abandoned children to watch a stage performance ‘Lumi Air’ at Sunway Lagoon & Resort. The children were all from New Hope Rumah Safiyyah. To ensure it was a fun filled outing for them, goodie bags and meals were also provided for them.

Earlier in the week, BeCause members led by committee member David Loh visited Rumah Safiyyah at Klang to deliver the gifts of stationary sets, snacks, note pads and pens. The centre’s caretakers who will be taking charge of the orphans on the day of the outing also received gifts. The children and caretakers expressed their excitement and were looking forward to the event because they had never been treated to live shows or musicals before.

During the visit, members took the opportunity to interact with the kids. Puan Mia, the founder of Rumah Safiyyah, secretary Cik Siti Khawia and social services executive Cik Nurazah were also on hand to give us a briefing on the home’s activities and operations.

On the day of the Lumi Air show, to ensure safety and ease of coordinating the group, BeCause chartered a bus to transport the children and caretakers to and from Sunway Lagoon rather than getting friends to fetch them in their cars.

The children from the home were well behaved and everything went as planned. At 7pm sharp with the help of our Vice President, Mr. Kevin Tan, the kids were taken to the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater in an orderly fashion.

During the show’s intermission, hotdogs and drinks were served to the kids by the most helpful staff of Sunway Lagoon.

When the show ended at 10.00pm,  the children and supervisors all left with filled stomachs and happy faces. What made the day for BeCause members was when some kids asked when will we take them to shows like this again!

The outing went without a glitch and enjoyed by all. Our sincere thanks to the Sunway Group for their kind generosity to support our cause .

What a meaningful event to cap the year before we usher in the new year.

Because will endeavour to fill 2015 with even more charitable events in our joyful efforts to make a difference in the lives of needy folks!

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Enjoying some snacks during intermission

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Wefie time!

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(From left) Committee members and Vice President; David Loh, Bonita, and Kevin Tan

Walk for Health with NASAM

BeCause team comprising members, friends, as well as staff from Holiday Travel & Tours Sports Club make up a group of about 50, participated in the Nasam Walk for Health on 19th October 2014. At Lake Titiwangsa. This event by Nasam was to create awareness amongst participants about stroke, the most common causes and the avenue available for rehabilitation.

As it was a Sunday, many individuals, teams, strokees, family members, helpers and assistants turned up for the walk. After registration, the walk was flagged off about 7.45am by Janet Yeo, the founder of Nasam. Though some strokees were in wheel chairs, it was heartening to see some other strokees putting every effort to walk on their own to complete their round. The outing went smoothly as the weather was good and the walk was at an easy pace. The full walk was  3 rounds around the lake in Taman Titiwangsa. Most participants were able to complete the rounds. The walk ended at about 9.30am. Participants were treated to free Milo drinks and cereals at the Nestle mobile kiosks thanks to kind sponsors. Some had their breakfast of nasi lemak and coffees. Later, prizes were awarded for the best hats competition. The event was a success and most importantly, everyone enjoyed themselves.

A vote of thanks to NASAM for organizing and inviting us. By taking part, Because members and friends are happy to have made a difference in the life of others and especially in the welfare of Stroke patients and their families.

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Visit to Klang Utama Caring Home

Sometime in August this year, one of our Because members informed us that a Home for 41 abandoned children had been burnt down and there was an SOS call.

Our secretary immediately got in touch with the home’s caretakers to find out first hand what help to give. They urgently needed money, foodstuffs such as milk, milo, rice, cooking gas, oil, crockery, cupboards to store dishes, children clothes, computers etc.

Our members spread the news to friends, relatives, colleagues and those whom we thought could provide, especially items which we were unable to procure within our own small Because family.

On 13th September ,when we had the items ready, a group of 7 of us drove to Klang to deliver the goodies. On arrival we were greeted by the Home’s administrator Ms Maha. We received a short briefing by her on what had happened followed by a short walk to the burnt down house which used to be the Home’s boys wing. The fire started due to an electrical fault. Fortunately no one was hurt.

At the time of our visit, most of the children were attending school. Our members distributed some cakes for the smaller kids at the home. We felt good to know, thanks to kind sponsors and kindhearted folks who responded quickly, the short term needs had been taken care of. However there is more we can do to ensure the Home’s long term sustainability and children’s welfare. If all the needies and charities in this world can achieve that, we believe that would be a really great reason to feel good !

Before we left, we assured Ms Maha we will continue to look into ways to make the children happy. We also requested Miss Maha to provide us with proper accounts of the Home’s expenses to make it easier for us to secure funding.

 

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Invitation to Visit the Alzheimer Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM)

On 4th September 2014, BeCause members attended ADFM’s Open Day upon an invitation by President Dato Jeffery Ng. It was a busy day at the day care centre. About 100 guests and sponsors turned up. The centre provides activities and social interaction for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Our members were touched by them as they and their families turned up to take part in the day’s singing event. What is something we take for granted requires monumental effort by those who have lost their memory and power of recall.The centre also have programs conducted by qualified staff aimed at improving memory or to prevent it from worsening.

ADFM is now embarking on a fund raising drive to build a bigger day care centre in old town PJ Section One. The existing centre in Section 22 ,PJ will be converted into a home for those whose families cannot look after them.

Before leaving, BeCause members did their part by donating some money towards ADFM’s new centre plans.

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