The HELP School Achievers Scholarship Awards (SASA) scholars are pleased to announce that the SASA Gives Back Project has achieved yet another milestone. The scholarship recipients of 2012 has raised a total of RM16,000 in aid of underprivileged children in four orphanages. The SASA Gives Back project is a student initiative, mentored by CMD, to help the underprivileged and marginalized community in Malaysia. The SASA recipients not only raise funds but also volunteer themselves as tutors to the orphans. They spend two evenings a week at the orphanages to help them with academic revision and more importantly to provide a glimmer of hope and motivation to the children.
This project inculcates the values of caring and sharing, and at the same time mould compassionate leaders of the future. It is also in fulfillment of HELP’s mission: to help everyone succeed in life and to live a life of significance through education. Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, CEO of the HELP Group, visited one of the homes, Trinity Children Centre, on the 26th July 2013 and presented the mock cheque to them.
The SASA scholars are undergraduates fresh out of secondary school (ages 17 to 19) who have displayed excellence in both their curricular and co-curricular activities. Each year HELP awards this scholarship to more than a hundred candidates from all over Malaysia. Considered an elite group of scholars at HELP , they undergo a year-long development program which includes event management, internship with the Customer Marketing Department, team-building activities, workshops on holistic growth and charitable initiatives as well.
SASA GIVES BACK
In 2010, SASA scholars set up “SASA Gives Back”, a program aimed at catering to the educational needs of orphans, the underprivileged and children with special needs. As of 2012, SASA has taken 4 homes under its wing; Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Trinity Children Centre Home, Trinity Home, and Ti-Ratana Welfare Home. Each home is visited twice a week by our scholars who volunteer their time and effort to teach and guide the children in their studies. The children they visit are mostly orphans, abandoned and kids from single-parent and low income families. Some of them have learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia) and require more specialized teaching and study material. Aged between 5 – 21 years old, they need all the help to improve not only the quality of their education, but their living premises as well.