The teaching programme at Yayasan Sunbeams was a truly inspiring one.
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Tutors at the Yayasan Sunbeams Home share their stories below.
Here’s what Eunice Phua, who tutors at the Sunbeams Charity Home, talks about the kids that she works with- Evonne, Kai Yin and Kai Ling, their progress and about her hopes for them.
All I want is for them to be given an opportunity to experience life, in EVERY way possible.
She’s an amazing individual. She’s so original and she has the natural talent to care so deeply for others. I personally can see that she’ll be successful in the future as she has a strong wave of determination bolted into her. For example, she would sit there and complete her work when everyone else round her is packing up at the end of the class. She’s truly an admirable young lady. But, i would really like to see her confidence shine through as she’s a little shy and she tends to look down on herself. I really want her know, how incredible she is, and how capable she can be if she set her mind and heart to it.
Kai Yin & Kai Ling
These two are by far the CUTEST twins I’ve ever met. They joined this home not too long ago. The heart-breaking fact is that, they got transferred to his home, whereas their 2 younger brothers are in another. They both have a really weak proficiency in English as the only language they use is Chinese, but throughout the weeks, I can honestly say that their English has improved tremendously and their spelling has improved too. When I first met them, they literally do not know how each alphabet sounds like, hence they can’t spell.
Kai Yin has a really low self-esteem as she is a little slower as compared to her younger sister, Kai Ling. But i can really see that she is putting in effort to further improve herself and that alone makes me incredibly happy. Kai Ling is slightly more outspoken and confident as compared to Kai Yin. Kai Ling also loves the touch of technology as she likes to take pictures and videos with my phone.
Overall, they bring me such joy, as they’ll welcome me with warm hugs every single week. And without fail, they’ll hug me goodbye after the class and makes me promise that I’ll come the week after.
There’s so much talent and bright personality in these kids, and I really hope that someday, people will take notice and hopefully provide them with a family they truly deserve. These kids also made me realize that the finer things in life are the ones that bring such overwhelming joy to us SASA-rians. All I want, is for them to be given an opportunity to experience life, in EVERY way.
Another fellow tutor, Mark Low Chun Kit, at the Sunbeams Charity Home writes:
Teaching the kids is like going back to school and being the giving end of knowledge.
The experience of teaching is kids is priceless! Teaching the kids is like going back to school and being the giving end of knowledge. Although I am teaching the older and mischievous batch, but the feeling of them telling you that they understood the syllabus discussed in school is just beyond words. And this joy roots not just from them saying that they understand, it is through their improving results and their eagerness to learn every time I step into their home. This experience is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Timothy Ng, another tutor at Sunbeams Charity Homes writes:
Seeing is believing, but experiencing that joy with the children truly inspires me to do more.
This is the best program that has been done, it gives us a chance to contribute to our society effectively. Instead of hurling wads of cash at them as charity, we actually educate them so that they can have a better future. The kids are very very very friendly, fun and they will just make you smile. The big smile on their face when they understand what was taught, it also makes me smile just as wide. Seeing is believing, but experiencing that joy with the children truly inspires me to do more. As lucky educated students of Malaysia, I believe that all of us should play our part and extend our privilege to education in ways we can.
Lim Bei writes:
Those kids never fail to put a smile on my face every time I visit them.
I always think that kids should be exposed to knowledge beyond their textbooks. When I teach the younger kids of the home, I often like to include interesting facts and stories. For example, I told them “The Love Story of Durian and Mangosteen” (Since I’m teaching the girls, they really like to listen to romance stories ) where they actually learnt interesting facts like Durian being the King of Fruits and Mangosteen the Queen as well as the features of many other Fruits throughout the story telling.
Those kids never fail to put a smile on my face every time I visit them. They are all so cheery and positive. Perhaps it’s the very fact that they are not staying with their families that make them to be so much more independent and mature in thinking compared to the rest of their peers. I teach three girls; Riezla (10 years old), Linda and Kelly (7 years old), Kelly being the new member in the home was a bit emotional when she first joined us. However, Riezla and Linda were very understanding and considerate that they often try to cheer Kelly up when she feels sad and help her with her work. These heartwarming scenes really touched me.
Quoting from St Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Teaching the kids is such a wonderful experience and I truly hope the best for them.
Low Zhi Yang shares similar thoughts. He writes:
This rings true to our motto, “It’s all about kids and their education”, and also to our own unwritten philosophy that we’re here to bring smiles to their faces, to do our best to fill that gaping hole in their lives.
Teaching these wonderful children, imparting knowledge that we as young adults have garnered over the years, has been an eye-opening experience for me. The affection that these children have grown to associate us with is truly humbling and moving. I can safely say that the attachment that I feel with many of the kids is truly one of substance, and the same can be said for all of the tutors here at Sunbeams. Some say that there is no incentive or recognition for this sort of charitable work, but when a child finally understands a math problem, finally spells and pronounces properly, the look of comprehension on their faces is all the gratification we need. This rings true to our motto, “It’s all about kids and their education”, and also to our own unwritten philosophy that we’re here to bring smiles to their faces, to do our best to fill that gaping hole in their lives. Though we may never succeed in doing so, we leave every week knowing that in some way, however small or insignificant; we’ve helped make their lives a little better.
Lim Chan Heng writes:
They’re like my life charger and they never failed to put a smile on my face. Knowing them made me grow up a lot. While teaching, I was being taught at the same time. It’s sad to see them grow without their parents. What they need most is love and attention from the society.
Wei Chee Loh writes:
I am glad to have the ability to help the children as they have their own potential in every way that is yet to be found out. I am honored to teach them as education is the only way out of poverty.
Samantha Keo explains how she grew with the kids:
It all became better when one of them made me promise that I will be coming back the following week to see them again and gave me a hug.
I joined the SASA teaching programme about 2 months ago. At first, I found it a little tough but later on I got the hang of it and love it very much now. It all became better when one of them made me promise that I will be coming back the following week to see them again and gave me a hug. This made me in a way feel needed and that they enjoyed my company and would like to see me again in the following week. I am teaching a group of 4 students namely Pauline, Mary, Jessica and Joanna.
Teaching these children has also taught me a lot, one of which is to give back more to society than what I have received. To give back to these kids and to know that they are learning and growing with the time I spend helping them with their work brings great joy to me. It has also helped me personally to grow and to now understand why teachers find so much joy in teaching. All in all, I have also learned to appreciate all that I have.
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