The last time dear cousin and I went back to Ipoh, we asked some friends to recommend us a deserving charity organisation to visit and one friend told us about Anning. She said Venerable Kong Chan, via Bao En Shi, has established a children’s home and an old folk’s home.
Later, we found out that Bao En Shi
is an umbrella to the following:
– Anning Recycling Centre,
– Anning Old Folk’s Home,
– Taiping Anning Children’s Home.
It also has a Medical Department which provides health care for the needy.
We normally buy food stuff when we visit new charity organisations.
With two tins of biscuits to Anning, we took the opportunity to know the place better
before we commit in pledges or sponsorships.
The staff insisted that we complete a form with our particulars
and contact numbers for their records (upon receiving our “gifts”).
Look out for their white signboard, after the Istana.
According to Irene Chin, the person in charge there,
Do call them first @ 05-2549155 or
call Irene @ 012-5052368
if you intend to pay them a visit.
The rented place has a big compound.
The home has its own school vans which transport the children to and fro school;
the children here attend public schools like any other regular children.
The place is very well organised; neat and clean.
There are full time and part time volunteers and
fully and partly paid staff working in this place.
The double storey building is divided into functional rooms and space.
However, the boys’ room has two rows of bed
while the girls’ room has mattresses lying on the floor.
I asked Irene about it and she said they did not have enough money
to get the beds and bamboo mats for everyone.
They have over 20 children in the home with more boys than girls.
Before we left the place, I asked Irene if I can take a picture of her and the children.
They gave me their best pose: Hooray!
“Many of the children here are children of drug addicts (whose spouses have left the family). We hope in adopting these children, we could cultivate more useful citizens into the society in future. We will take care of them until their parent(s) is/ are fit and willing to resume their responsibility as parent(s).”
Upon hearing the above, I feel that this is one home I would love to give back to. When parents make mistakes in their lives, it does not mean that their children will have no future in theirs. This place gives those children a second chance in life; a chance to be somebody useful and successful.
This home may not house a “complete family” where there is a mother and a father but it is a place where they can get food, shelter, education and guidance. This place may not guarantee blue skies and everything nice but it is a place of hope and possible better future.
From my short visit to this place, I have witnessed disciplined and well mannered children. They are clean, neat, well taken care of, loveable and shy! To me, they are the reflection of the home. If they are well and happy, this home is a deserving home to donate to.
Do you agree?