Dr Peggy C. Wong, the chairman and founder of NGO Living Hope, was at SJK (C) Bukit Merah on the 11th day of the year of the snake to adopt 100 poor, needy and marginalised children from five schools under its “1 egg 1 child” and “Educate a child” programmes.
The “1 egg 1 child” programme provides an adopted child one meal every school day while the “Educate a child” programme provides the children with the basic necessities such as uniforms, books and stationeries.
The beneficiary schools this time included SK Pusing, SJK (C) Bukit Merah, SJK (C) Papan, SJK (C) Lahat and SJK (C) Yit Chee, Pusing.
Wong, also referred to as the ‘Corporate Matchmaker to the Poor and Marginalised’ for her ability to obtain CSR funding from corporations for her programmes, also brought along 18 Diamond water filters valued at RM14.4k which was donated to 18 schools in the poor communities around the area.
Living Hope also engaged a Lion Dance troupe to spread the festive joy to the children who absolutely loved it based on their shrieks and screams at the antics of the playful lions and Chinese clowns. To date, Living Hope’s programmes have touched the lives of 31,956 young children.
Living Hope Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation founded by Ipoh-born philanthropist, Dr Peggy Chan Wong, celebrated its 5th anniversary by hosting a feeding programme for 40 young students recently. The event was part of its on-going “One Egg One Child” feeding programme and was held at SJK (C) Hing Hwa, Tambun.
The occasion was made memorable with the presentation of cheques worth RM3,000 each to the principals of SJK (C) Hing Hwa and SJK (C) Tat Choi, Tg Rambutan by Dr Peggy. Living Hope’s “One Egg One Child” programme provides one meal per school day to children of very poor families. All the 40 chosen students would be given free lunch till the end of the year.
In her address, Dr Peggy stressed the benefits of a good education and how it would help students avoid the poverty trap. She thanked the principals of both schools for identifying the needy children. The children received a hamper each consisting of biscuits and were treated to a sumptuous spread before returning home.
Living Hope Malaysia, a CSR initiative founded by Ipoh-born philanthropist Dr Peggy Chan Wong, has targeted to sponsor 90 Ipoh children this year as part of its ongoing “One Egg – One Child” feeding programme.
The announcement was made by Chan during a cheque presentation ceremony at SJK (C) Pasir Pinji 2 to cover the cost of the programme to provide lunch for 30 children initially from April 2012 to April 2013.
Living Hope’s “1 Egg – 1 Child” feeding programme provides one meal per school day to children from hardcore poor families. According to Chan the children have to stay in school till 4.00 p.m. for tuition and remedial classes and this programme helps students to concentrate on their studies with a full stomach.
For Chan, her belief is that education is the only way out of the vicious cycle of poverty. To achieve the goals of its vision she “match-makes as go-between the corporate rich, whom she describes as her ‘Partners in Charity’ and the poor”. Since its inception in July 2007 it has assisted over 29,800 children through its various programmes.
Mdm Khoo Oi Ling, the headmistress for SJK (C) Pasir Pinji 2 thanked Chan for assisting the children adding that “it was greatly appreciated by the whole school”.
Meanwhile, Chan with assistance from Khoo, has already identified another two Ipoh schools to benefit from the feeding programme and the disbursement will be held later in the year.