The Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care passed another milestone recently when it celebrated its 2nd anniversary on March 10.
It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the home opened its doors to two siblings. Since then, in the span of just 24 months, the Home has grown to accommodate less than 20 children, ranging from the ages of 5 to 16.
Hiichiikok Foundation manager Diana Ooi recalled that the journey was not always smooth sailing but the trust, confidence and support showered upon them by their supporters gave them the energy to move on.
“Not only are we moving on, it is our pledge to do the best we could,” she said.
The aim of the foundation chairman, Tan Sri Clement Hii, in setting up this home is not just to provide children in need food and shelter, but to give each child the opportunity to study and to further their education.
“The Hiichiikok Foundation Home For Children Care is concerned with children’s education and character building,” said Ooi.
All the children are sent to nearby government schools and even the youngest ones are sent to kindergarten the moment they have adapted to the Home environment.
There have been many challenges in running the Home, not least in dealing with children who have been damaged by emotional trauma. Ooi likened it to trying to straighten bent steel.
“Trying to help them drop the emotional baggage and habits that they carry with them is indeed a challenge,” she recalled. But with careful nurturing, even the hardest steel can be bent into shape.
Despite being only a “toddler”, the Home has already chalked up a few success stories. Two of the children sat for the UPSR examination last year and both passed, with one boy even scoring 4As. Both have since moved on to Form 1.
Of course, a Home like this can only thrive with the help of dedicated staff. No one will deny that getting staff who are committed to helping and caring for children is not easy. In the past two years, the Home has seen staff come and go, and a few who have stayed the course.
Ooi said The Foundation would like to say a big “thank you” to the latter for all their hard work and support.
“To our supporters, volunteers, our friends and partners in charity, thank you for helping us to spread love to these children who have been deprived.
“It is a tough and challenging journey but with your love and your support, we promise to do better every time,” added Ooi.
The children busy decorating lanterns at The Home during the Mid-autumn Festival last Monday. The great thing about the home is they house diverse culture children and all of them get the chance to celebrate all festive occasions.
Children from the Home had an outing to Port Dickson where they visited an ostrich farm which also housed several other animals such as goats.
Children at the Home enjoy a yoga lesson.
The children get their face painted.