Next, the children were divided into groups and played the Christmas Tree game. One of the children from each group would be the Christmas tree and the rest would dress him/her up with ribbons and coloured paper. Since the children from the winners are the one with the most creative and well decorated "Christmas Tree". Following the games and some Christmas caroling, dinner was served to the children and caretakers from both orphanages. The CSI Volunteers took the opportunity to talk to the some of the kids and the care takers to learn more about the homes and how they can be of help. At the end of the day, each child received a stationery set as a simple Christmas gift.
St. Barnabas Home
St. Barnabas Home started as an orphanage in Klang for neglected and abused children with the objectives to provide shelter for the children in need, to cater for basic needs of the children and to nurture the children to their full potential. Besides providing the children with physical amenities, St. Barnabas Home offers them education as well as spiritual and moral training to help them to become useful people in the future. The home which has been operated for 13 years currently provides shelter to 31 children, ranging from 6 years old to 19 years old. The home is currently run by George Walters, with the help of both paid staff and volunteers. The home depends on donations from well-wishers for funds. Please contact their website at http://sbcklang.org/sbhome.html
Agathians Shelter Home
Agathians Shelter Home was founded in 2003 by a group of young adults. It was built to provide a home for unfortunate children from various backgrounds. Some of these children are orphaned, some of them are abandoned, while some only have a single parent who cannot afford to raise them. The ten volunteer committee members who manage the Agathians Shelter seek to comfort and strengthen the children, and through the help of God’s divine compassion and love, heal their battered spirits. Agathian's Shelter relies fully on public donations for its operations. The donations go to pay for expenses such as rent, utilities, food, education and medical bills. Please contact their website at http://www.agathians.org/