KUALA LUMPUR, November 29, 2010 – In conjunction with Universal Children’s Day, Chevron Malaysia Limited (“Chevron”) hosted a pajama party for high-risk children at Rumah Nur Salam, bringing cheer with new pajamas, books, school bags, snacks and fun activities.
Held under the banner of Chevron’s Energy for Learning programme, the initiative provided 55 sets of pajamas and school bags as well as 110 books, for children at Rumah Nur Salam, which is a 24-hour activity center and “safehouse” that provides a healthy and loving environment for high-risk children under the age of 13, living or loitering, in and around the Chow Kit area of Kuala Lumpur. These high-risk children include those who, in some way or another have been affected by HIV/AIDS in their lives. HIV/AIDS awareness is a cause that Chevron, the company behind the brand Caltex, strongly supports.
The day’s activities were aimed at giving comfort to children. The pajama party was organized by Chevron staff volunteers, who also banded together to make 350 mini home-made muffins and purchase much needed necessity items such as disposable diapers and art material for the children. Keeping with the pajama party theme, pillows that double as blankets were also distributed.
“Most of the children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with clean pajamas and a story to allay their fears. For so many needy and abused children, the night times are scary. Cool, clean pajamas help to protect them against night chills and harmful conditions. Emotionally, pajamas are a hug for children who feel lost and alone,” said Mokhtar Ali Ismail, Chevron’s Policy, Government & Public Affairs Manager for Malaysia and Cambodia.
He added that the books given to Rumah Nur Salam will help in improving the reading level of the children. “Some of them have been removed from school for long periods of time and do not have access to books. As a result, their reading level is far lower than their peers,” said Mokhtar.
According to Capt. Asiah Ariffin, Operations Manager of Rumah Nur Salam, items such as pajamas, books and groceries are very much needed and welcomed. The fun activities conducted with Chevron staff, such as cake decorating, glow-in-the-dark fabric painting, making home-made ice cream and artistic sandwiches also proved a treat for the children.
Energy for Learning is a global long-term initiative by Chevron and its retail brand, Caltex, to support learning-based programs, which create opportunities for individuals to acquire new knowledge, gain new skills or be exposed to different ways of thinking. It targets groups who do not have the opportunity to benefit from mainstream education.Those interested in contributing towards Nur Salam may contact 03-4045 4021 (Ananti Rajasingam/Hasrul Hasli).