08 October 2017
17 Muharram 1439
This year, the IMSSA Yishun Girls Team has initiated a new project titled as “Community Outreach Programme Enhancement [COPE]”. The foundation of our project is based on the term, Al-A’maal-ul-Khayriyah, which basically means Charity, the voluntary giving of help to those in need. The aim of this project to is to reach out to families of varying needs; mainly categorised into three; (1) Children, (2) Single-Parent and (3) Elderly.
In line with the first target group of this project, children; we had wanted to reach out to those at homes without a proper family background. We had liaised with Pertapis Children’s Home [PCH] to provide for the children. The project breakdown is as follows;
♢ Packing of Goodie Bags by our Primary 4 to 6 girls
♢ Crafting of “Happy Children’s Day” card by our Primary 1 to 3 boys and girls
The above-mentioned tasks were duly done for the children at Pertapis Children’s Home [PCH] during Madrasah curriculum hours on Sunday, 1st October 2017.
The background of the children at PCH is that they have suffered from some form of abuse at home. They are categorised as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and exposure to family violence. These are the children who are referred to PCH by the different agencies to receive proper care, guidance and love. In line with PCH’s vision and mission, we had wanted to provide care, concern and love for the children at the home with much patience while providing guidance.
Thus, in the name of Allah (s.w.t) we kickstarted the very first project of our initiative by visiting PCH. On Sunday, 8th October 2017. On this day, a group of 10 Ustazahs representing the IMSSA Yishun Girls team went down to PCH at 10am to prepare and set-up the venue for the scheduled bonding activity for the children, Art & Craft. It is believed that Art & Craft activities are therapeutic for the children at PCH as it helps them to redirect their attention from the trauma they experienced. A very basic felt-keychain making activity was conducted for a total of 27 children aged between 5 and 17. They had a wide variety of decorative items to choose from to design their personalised felt-keychain. Alhamdulillaah, each and every one of them had enjoyed the activity.
Seeing the smiles on their faces and to interact with them was indeed a heart-warming experience for all of us. Maashaa’allah. Once we were done with the craft activities, we distributed the “Children’s Day” and the goodie bags to them one by one. The best part of this was that they displayed their manners by giving salaam and saying thank you before receiving their gifts. It was really nice to see the children being comfortable talking to us and being respectful to us even though this was their first time seeing us.
We took group photos together, and the best of it all was the one with the “dab”. Its important for us adults to be in line with the current trend which is of interest to the younger generation. It was indeed a fun, enjoyable and meaningful time spent at PCH. As the kids headed off for their lunch, they didn’t forget to sing their very own “thank you” cheer for us which was very pleasant to hear.
الرَّاحِمُونَ يَرْحَمُهُمْ الرَّحْمَنُ ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الْأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاءِ
“Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”
At-Tirmidhī, No. 1924
We had then handed over about 40 brand new educational storybooks to be added to their library set-up by our IMSSA Bishan Girls.
The committee of PCH were indeed very pleased with the time, efforts and care for the children and are looking forward to working with us again. In shaa allah, we hope to be able to conduct other engaging activities for the children at the home again and get the chance to bring smiles across their faces. The efforts put in by both organizations were indeed commendable. Alhamdulillah.