Friday August 1, 2008 (The Star Metro)
Jireh Charity Village opens RM7.6mil complex that was envisioned 15 years ago
By GEETHA KRISHNAN
THEY had arrived at the centre as underprivileged children and left, years later, as confident adults ready to face the world.
Such were the success stories shared by the Jireh Charity Village alumni with those who had gathered for the recent official opening of the sprawling complex in Semenyih.
The Jireh Charity Village started off in the 80s as Rumah Faith in Kajang, with a cluster of homes for destitute, orphaned and neglected children. Senior citizens who had nowhere to go were later accepted into the family.
The complex in Jalan Broga encompasses five blocks and includes a multi-purpose hall, library and administrative block. It houses 200 children and 50 senior citizens.
The official opening on Saturday was graced by the Assemblies of God (AOG) Malaysia General Superintendent Revd Ong Sek Leang. Other guests were Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan and former Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok.
Jireh chairman Revd Terrence Sinnadurai said the charity village was envisioned 15 years ago and led to the purchase of a piece of land in Broga.
“We raised a total of RM7.6mil for the purchase and construction of the village that today serves as a home, school and recreation centre for children. Senior citizens, too, reside here,” he said.
On the future plans for the village, Sinnadurai said the management hoped to raise funds for two futsal courts to be built in the compound that would, in turn, generate income.
If sufficient funds were collected, a skills training institute would also be built for youths lacking in academic qualifications. A coffee corner would be set up for the elderly to enjoy beverages and snacks.
“The slow learners at Jireh are now being home-schooled using an American system, with the help of full-time teachers,” he added.
The opening ceremony was filled with entertainment by the Jireh Jewels and testimonies from the alumni.
A variety of performances ranging from dances to songs and skits were put up for the audience.