“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t”- Jeff Bridges

The foundation formed three programmes which address the basic needs of a child which are Budimas Home Charity Fund (BHCF), Budimas Food Charity Fund (BFCF) and Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF) where through these strategic programmes, the goal of aiding underprivileged children can be met systematically.

 

BUDIMAS HOME CHARITY FUND

The Budimas Charitable Foundation began by financially supporting 6 homes with 272 children, in the year 2002. Today, the foundation supports over 1,600 children from 31 homes across Malaysia. 30 of these homes were given financial assistance to help them cope with shortages in their funds for basic expenses.

The foundation also manages and operates one home, Pusat Jagaan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Budimas Orion which is located in Senawang, Negeri Sembilan. 

The home can accommodate up to 150 children and is equipped with basic necessities. To clothe, feed, educate and provide shelter for these underprivileged and orphaned children, it costs approximately RM15 per child, per day depending on their age. The children of the Orion home are from ages ranging from 4 to 18 years old.

 

BUDIMAS FOOD CHARITY FUND

The Budimas Food Charity Fund was initiated to ensure that children from poor families who can't afford to have their breakfast will not go to school hungry. The program began in July 2010, with 6 schools in Kapar, Klang involving 350 children. Today, we are supporting more than 6,000 children from 106 public schools across Malaysia.


The breakfast program caters to the families whose household earnings are RM1000 and below, with more than 2 children under their care will qualify for this fund. The menu is consistent with the RMT (Rancangan Makanan Tambahan by the government) menu which caters to students across all races. The breakfasts served are nutritious and prepared according to the dietary requirement of a child.

 

BUDIMAS EDUCATION CHARITY FUND

The Budimas Education Charity Fund aims to provide education opportunities to the less fortunate children in Malaysia. The key strategy is to establish educational facilities, such as libraries, in rural and poor villages in our country. One of the objectives of this fund is to encourage the Orang Asli children to develop their interest towards education.


To date, the foundation has built 7 libraries in Negeri Sembila, Pahang and Selangor. They are at Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong (Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan), Kampung Orang Asli Guntur (Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan), Kampung Orang Asli  Langkap (Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan), Kampung Orang Asli Sg Lalang (Selangor) and Kampung Orang Asli Paya Lebar (Hulu Langat, Selangor), Kampung Orang Asli Tanjung Sepat (Kuala Langat, Selangor). All these libraries are currently being managed by the librarians that the foundation hired. 


Each library is equipped with 4,000 books and the Orang Asli children were able to read and revise with the reading materials provided. It costs RM180, 000 to build a fully functional library in these rural areas. There will be more libraries to be built in Orang Asli Settlements in the states of Selangor, Kelantan and Pahang in the years to come.

 

 

For further infomation, please refer to the fact sheet.