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MOUNT KINABALU CHARITY CLIMB 2014

Shelter Home for Children is doing an annual fund raising " Mt KK Charity Climb"  to help raise funds for our work with our children.

Just like the previous years, this initiative has been a very important part of raising funds that we need, reminding the society that we need their help and creating awareness to people who do not know of us yet. There are quite a number of people who plan to go hike Mount Kinabalu every year. Instead of just taking the challenge to scale the 5th highest mountain in South East Asia; why not do it with a greater purpose in mind? Which is to also remove the scales of pain and burden off from our children!

A famous theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, once said "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children". Today the self centred culture is more prevalent than ever and the focus is constantly on amassing wealth instead of giving back. The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer, the polarization of wealth becomes worse. The same goes in education and career opportunity for our children compared to healthy families. Is that the kind of moral standards that we want to leave to our future generation?

Instead of waiting for something to happen, let's make it happen, one step at a time. Come and join us in this climb this year as we "Shelter the Future Generation".

Details of the climb


Dates of the Climb:
5th - 9th Sept 2014
(The actual climb up the mountain will be on 6 - 8th Sept)

Estimate Price:
RM 2100.00 (note: this is a 3 days 2 nights climb and not the usual 2 days 1 night climb)

This price is inclusive all charges including airfare to and fro, all costs pertaining to hotel accommodation, climb expenses (incl guides), meals, transportation etc etc.

*On top of this RM2100.00, we will require you to help us raise another RM2000.00 minimum as charity funds.

Training Schedules:
We will be having a professional climber (who has climbed Mt KK more than 50 times) to assist us with the training schedules (which we will inform all climbers later on).

No of Climbers:

We are only allocating 20 places so it will be on a first come basis.

All other information on the climb can be found by clicking on "Mt Kinabalu Charity Climb" on the left navigation bar!

 


 

 THE HOME STAFF THAT RAISE OUR CHILDREN


 

The Home staff of Shelter are literally the main and primary Nurturers of our children. They are the individuals who put in many hours, are involved with the children, play multiple roles and perform countless tasks just so that each and every child in the Home can receive the best in terms of care, love and benefits. The Home staff do all of the above despite the constraints they face daily.

Following, are some of the challenges our Home staff face in the 3 Homes:

 

1.     Shelter Home 1 ( house children aged  4 – 12)

The staff in this Home face very heavy and difficult tasks, that is to give their best to build the foundation of early childhood for these  children before they become youth and adults. The fact that our children have  very difficult pasts to deal with, our Home staff at Shelter 1 need to be able to not only help them work through their feelings and emotions, but to also move forward in life. Since Shelter 1 is the flagship Home of Shelter, the Staff need to juggle between doing the cooking, laundry, ironing, sweeping and moping the place and entertaining  visitors who come to the Home. Thankfully, the children also help out with some of the chores and this really helps to reduce the amount of workload our Home staff have to deal with every single day. There is also another important aspect of supervision and that is to keep an eye on  the children so that their safety is ensured and that little squabbles do not go  ‘overboard’ . Ultimately, a lot of who and what our children turn out to be, will depend on how much our Home staff invest into the lives of these children during the time spent with them.

 

2.     Shelter Home 2 ( house teenage girls  aged 13 – 18)

The Home staff in Shelter 2 face a different set of challenges compared to those in Shelter 1. Teenage girls in this phase of their lives, who are trying to work out their identity, coupled with a difficult past can be a challenging journey. Teenagers will want to explore their identities by mixing and socializing with their friends on the outside. As mentioned in our previous Newsletter, our Shelter Home 2 girls are in a way, more protected and sheltered compared to the boys in our Shelter Home 3. The reason being that our girls are more exposed to danger and bad influence. This is where the Home staff of Shelter 2 will have to be better equipped, that is they will need wisdom, knowledge and ultimately, more patience to deal with the girls who are going through  ‘a difficult patch’. The girls in the Home often complain and express dissatisfaction in being “caged” in the Home, having little or no freedom to do ‘their own thing ’. There have been instances where the girls sneaked out of the Home without permission and had all the Home staff panicking and worried.

 

3.     Shelter Home 3 (house teenage boys  aged 13 – 18)

The Home staff in Shelter 3 have to use a different approach in nurturing and bringing up the boys. Teenage boys, like the girls, are also in the stage of discovering their own identity in life and in addition, Home staff will need to learn how to deal with the boys’ ego as well. The Home staff in Shelter 3 need to know how to influence the boys’ lives positively without having to force them to just listen. They also have to earn their respect. This respect can be only earned if the Home staff can show that they are genuinely interested in boys’ well-being  and know how to give them the space and time to be on their own. There were times when fights broke out between the boys and the situation was  tense.  At such times, the Home staff must  know how to intervene without making  the situation worse.  Another area that the Home staff concentrate on is to train the boys to help out with the chores by washing their own clothes, sweeping  and mopping the floor  as well  as doing some cooking.

 


  


We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. 

Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. 

Right now is the time - his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer “Tomorrow”. His name is “TODAY”. ~ Gabriela Mistral

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  • Providing care for children at risk through our residential homes, counselling, therapy and other services 
     
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