In 2001 SICB took an interest in the plight of baby Seri, who at one month, was badly burnt by a kerosene fire. She became our adoptee – and the Club worked to rehabilitate her recovery with medical care- cosmetic surgery /prosthesis. We also worked to get the JHEOA to build her home.
SICB adopted the Janda Baik Orang Asli (OA) community, and were alerted to their economic plight. SICB then initiated the Orang Asli Programme in Janda Baik that aims to elevate the social status of the Orang Asli which started with Seri, has branched to economic sustainability programme, education and healthcare.
Over the years, we build trust with the OA community through projects like ‘Hari Kesihatan’(Health Day) , Hari Keluarga (Family Day) , Moving Forward Project, Mentor-Mentee Programme (funded by Deutsche Bank) and subsequently worked towards socio-economic projects like candle making, growing vegetables and plants/orchids,handicrafts from bamboo and rattan to Chicken Rearing Project in 2004-2006 (British Petroleum Funding).
SICB also adopted Chi – a widow with 9 children. The youngest is only 3 months. Her husband died of cancer. Chi and her 9 children left for Negeri Sembilan eight months later.
In March 2005, SICB won SIROM Best Practice Award for our Moving Forward Project – for the Club’s holistic approach towards managing the various projects whilst empowering the OA community to help themselves.
This was followed by the Goat rearing Project in 2006. In conjunction with 15th anniversary of SI Kyoto Toka, they donated 500,000 yen (RM 15,685) to SICB for the Goat Rearing Project. With that sum, we purchased 33 goats (& 21 bags of food palettes) and distributed to the 13 Orang Asli families participating in this scheme. This included transportation from Malacca and blood tests, etc. The goats (supplied by Hj Mahmud) are a cross breed between the local hardy katjang variety and Jana Pari type, as promoted by Jabatan Haiwan.
In 2006 SICB won 2 international awards from Soroptimist International for the Goat Rearing Project namely:
- SI Best Practice Award in the category of Economic and Social Development for the Goat Project in Janda Baik
- SI Overall International Best Practice Award for the Goat Project in Janda Baik
Goat Rearing Project