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MASESA strengthens bond with Hope Village through CNY visit

Ainie (third right) with some of MASESA volunteers planting a tree at the home's compound.

22nd February, 2019


TUARAN: The Sabah Environmental Friendly Association (MASESA) held a visit to non-profit organisation, Hope Village in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration here recently.

Its president Ainie Jamin said it was part of the initiatives of the association to get closer with the community besides its main objective of raising environmental awareness.

She explained that MASESA is not only friendly to the environment but also to the people as a whole especially with the multicultural communities in Sabah.

“We conduct regular welfare programmes because we want to be community-friendly as well so during Chinese New Year, for example, we visit the Chinese community and we will do the same when the time comes for Hari Raya and Christmas later this year.

“Of course, environment is still our focus so we also brought six trees to be planted here in Hope Village’s compound.

“The term ‘friendly’ actually covers all aspects, not only cleanliness and the environment, but also our relationship with one another and the people around us,” she said.

Located in Tuaran, Hope Village is a non-profit organisation that provides care for the elderly and orphaned or underprivileged children.

During the visit, 35 MASESA volunteers prepared meals and ate together with 41 old folks and three children of Hope Village to celebrate the occasion.

The residents were also served with a light entertainment by volunteers and a group of buskers.

“We wanted to have lion dance performance initially but did not want to disturb old folks here since there are six of them who are under medical surveillance,” said Ainie.

The visit, she added, was another way to learn about non-profit homes and centres.

Through the approach, she hoped the association could play a part as an intermediary between charitable homes and the community.

“People may not know that this place exists so we hope to grab their attention that there is an old folk’s home here which they can visit for community purposes and such,” she said.

Also present during the visit was Hope Village Chief Executive Officer Clarence Fu.

According to Fu, the non-profit organisation currently has 10 nurses, and five therapists who look after 41 old folks, apart from kitchen and maintenance staffers to keep its operations going.

Hope Village, which stands on a six-acre land, provides bedrooms, living room, and therapies to its residents who came from all across Sabah as well as the peninsula.

All the facilities are donated by a funder who wishes to remain anonymous, said Fu.

Operating since three years ago, fees ranging from RM1,050 to RM1,700 are required for full care which would cover all expenses, from the residents’ hospital reviews to their medical needs.

“We highly encourage family members to visit as often as they can and if we find out that they have not come for a while, we would call and make sure they come here and visit.

“Although some can be quite stubborn, we would continue calling them until they come.

“Some of the elderly came here because of health issues and when they have recovered, we encourage them to return home. “However, there are also residents who did not want to go home; they prefer staying because they have friends and people to care for them here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hope Village’s children home currently houses eight children between six to 14 years old who are orphans, neglected or underprivileged.

“We work with a Methodist church that has more than 67 years of experience managing a children’s home in Sibu.

“So the children’s home here is completely operated by them, we only prepare the facilities,” said Fu.

He explained that the children, who are Sabahans apart from two from Lawas and Limbang, would be provided shelter in the home until they reach 18 years old or until they finish studying in higher education institutions.

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