Shelter Project at Senai, Johor
A house belonging to a family of seven (parents and 5 kids between the ages of 13 months to 7 yrs) was refurbished as part of the Shelter Project initiative.The Village Improvement Program team were introduced to this family through the contactsbdeveloped by Bro. Tony of the Johor Jesuit order whom they have collaborated with on previous projects.
The original plan of this Shelter Project was to provide drains around the rear of the house to remove waterwhich was discharged from the kitchen and bathroom away from the home.
A member of the team said, “We found stagnant water fromthe kitchen and bathroom outside the house which was a breeding ground for mosquitoes and othervermin’s. Water for domestic use was being piped directly from a pond located just outside the home via anold pump which used to malfunction ever so often. Our contractor built a water tank to collect rain waterand this was supplemented by a new suction pump taking water from the same pond. We also installed grilles around the front of the house per the mother’s request for safety reasons. Both the parents work twojobs and are often not at home. The children are left at home on their own most of the time with the eldest son of 7 years being the caregiver for his younger siblings. He often prepares his siblings lunch and bathes them when the parents are away at work.”
The highlight of the day was when the mother (Mdm. Devi) whilst choking back tears thanked the team for the assistance. She agreed for her children to be enrolled in the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values program and they have since been attending the classes regularly through transportation provided by volunteers from JB every Sunday morning.