“Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind… or forgotten.”
This famous line in the Disney movie, “Lilo & Stitch” encapsulates the philosophy behind the Hiichiikok Foundation Home by providing educational opportunities to children who unable to afford it otherwise.
The Home was set up with the primary objective to provide marginalised students with impoverished background a solid, structured and safe environment to ensure that the children are able to thrive in their studies and co-curricular activities.
Giving back to society
The Home provides a safe shelter for kids from troubled background to have a conducive environment for holistic personal growth - not just in their studies but in every facet of their lives. The Foundation also provides scholarships to those in need. "I believe that education is the best way for one to break free from the cycle of poverty. No one should be denied of the opportunity to study on account of financial constraints,” clarified Tan Sri Clement Hii.
Right to education and life-skills training
One of the primary objectives of Hiichiikok Foundation Chairman, Tan Sri Clement Hii’s vision is for the children to reach their highest educational potential. The Home now houses less than 20 children, aged between five and 16. Tan Sri Hii explained, “As care providers, our top priority for the kids is their education, including creating a conducive physical, mental and emotional environment for them to learn. They are all enrolled in nearby government schools or kindergartens. It is only through education that they can break free from the vicious cycle of poverty."
Diana Ooi who runs the Home is gratified to note that some of the children are doing well in their studies. So far, many who have gone through the Home have achieved this mandate. Recently, Tee Kar Hui aged 10, garnered a prized trophy and 4 medals from his school, SJK (C) Chiao Nan KL with a certificate of merit to boot as well. His brother aged 12 also got a medal for his academic achievements. Yap Chin Tatt aged 11, felt accomplished with the 3 medals he collected from school as well.
However, it’s not all books and no play in the Home. The kids are taken out to outings and encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities in order to broaden their worldview and instil holistic life-skills and character development. Recently, they were invited to the Cirque du Soleil by the Rotary Club and a fun “Wedding Run”! Last weekend, the children were taught how to make simple dishes and trained their minds with brain gym with the Apex Club. All these activities were possible through the support and generosity of our loyal and active well-wishers and supporters.
Exceptional staff and volunteer partnerships
Volunteers also conducted yoga classes, counselling and spent time reading with the kids. The children had also visited an old folk’s home and took part in a charity bazaar to teach them about generosity of which they had been on the receiving end.
For example, a yoga instructor had offered free lessons to the kids at the Home to help them let go of their painful past. A psychological centre in Kuala Lumpur also offered free counselling to some children to help them cope with emotional distress. Such excursions are also held to broaden the children’s worldview and build their character.
Providing not only a home but a family environment
During festive seasons, some of the children of the Home feel left out as there are some who do not go back to their homes for reunion family dinners. Kids in the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care are among those who are deprived of family bonding during festivals.
Hence, the Home goes out of its way to ensure the kids there are not robbed of the love and attention that is crucial in their growing years. It is one thing to provide a roof over their heads and put food on the table. But it is another to ensure the kids have a shoulder to cry on; a father or mother figure to look up to and are able enjoy the family warmth every kid craves for. The Home hopes to create a conducive living environment for children who are orphans, from single parent households and underprivileged backgrounds, and to enable them to live a life with a better tomorrow.
In a nutshell, the Hiichiikok Foundation Home strives to live out their motto - "Clarity in Charity" - Hope for the Lost, the Least & the Last – in all sense of the phrase.