The home was first founded in 1865 and was then known as St Joseph’s Orphanage. At present there are 34 children there aged from five to 17 years.
With its mission statement being the HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND REINTEGRATION OF THE CHILDREN INTO SOCIETY, the pillars of the Home are: Formation, Education, Community Life
To prepare the children to meet the challenges of time, the Home has introduced new services. Notably the Home has established vocational skills training for those in the Home and outside the Home (those of poor social economic background) who are not academically inclined so that they can be independent in the future. They have also started a new program on teaching/ learning methods to stimulate and motivate the children towards learning. This is done by activity-based learning, which is conducted in small groups of six children at the maximum.
Volunteers are also welcome as Care Givers. The range of responsibilities or assistance include:
- Cutting of children’s hair
- Supervising school homework
- Teaching Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mathematics
- Being with children when they are studying on their own
- Technical skills and vocational training (during leisure time or school holidays)
- Trained counselors
- Helping in the office part-time (clerical work)
- Assisting with the general maintenance of the Home
- Activity based learning on personal development, self esteem, motivation and community living
The Home is dependent on donations for its services. The Welfare Department of Penang gives an annual grant to the Home. However, the grant is not enough to sustain the Home. The Home welcomes all of you to be partners with them in the development of these children. Hence every contribution, both in kind and cash as well as service is greatly appreciated.
Rebuilding of the Home’s dormitory, which was destroyed by fire, was funded entirely by generous donations from the Public and currently houses the girls’ dormitories. The Home requires basic foodstuff (fresh seafood and vegetables) and general cleaning supplies (household cleaners and detergents). A list of items can be viewed on the Home’s notice board.
The Home also runs a program where you can sponsor a child for RM1,000/- per annum. For more information on how you can help please contact the Home.