Budimas Celebrates Chinese New Year with The Children of Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong

20 Feb 2018

Port Dickson, 20 February 2018 – The Budimas Charitable Foundation hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the children of Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong, Port Dickson on the 5th day of the lunar calendar. The celebration took place in the Budimas Children’s Library that the foundation built and operate since 2015. The community of that village celebrates Chinese New Year as their main annual merriment as this has been their ancestry’s practice and some of them are not as fortunate as others to celebrate occasions like such due to financial constrain.

Over 30 kids attended the occasion and it began with some fun and games where children participated in a game of charades as well as constructing Chinese blessings wordings using mandarin oranges’ peel. The children were then treated to lunch and each and were given “Ang Pow” packets.

The party took place in the Budimas Children’s Library where the library has not only become a place where the children gather to read, do their revision or school work but also acts as a place where the children meet up and conduct activities together where prior to this they were often idling around.

“I love this library that Budimas built for our village. It has become a place for us kids in this village to meet up and do our school work. Puan Lela who is the librarian here also teaches us through the classes she conducts in the library and also the robotic class Budimas organised for us. I simply love it,” said 12 years old, Norfazlinda.

“We celebrated Chinese New Year with the children in this village to cultivate the spirit of togetherness among the children from different faiths. Some of them come from poor family backgrounds and they are unable to celebrate any occasion. This is a small and simple gesture from us to them which painted lots of smiles for the day,” said Mohd Hazwan Hariz, the Education Programme Executive of Budimas.

The Budimas Charitable Foundation currently supports 32 charitable homes across 8 states in Malaysia; Selangor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Johor, Kuantan, Sabah and Sarawak under the Budimas Home Charity Fund (BHCF), build and operate libraries for the children of the Orang Asli Communities via the Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF) as well as provide breakfast to the less fortunate children in 106 schools across Malaysia.

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