It was once a lovely old folks home where each of the elderly was pampered with a television connected to an Astro. The elderly, with their own TV, enjoys a relaxed life watching whatever they wanted during their stay there.
However, a case of fund abuse had caused the elderly to lose all their privileges and luxury, to the point where they were sleeping on the floor instead of beds. The previous manager who was hired to manage the home, had misappropriated the funds in the blind trust of the owner who was also managing several other homes at other places.
The pathetic condition of the home was only known when the owner received notice about the house owner’s intention to evict all tenants of the home due to the failure of the management to pay the monthly rent of the premise. The owner, by then who had lost one leg due to a motorcycle accident, came back and decided to stay stationed at this home, to make sure that the elderly are all well taken care of.
maimai was introduced to this home by House of Hope, another charity organisation for very poor families. House of Hope had come to know of this place and decided to step in and help, at the same time sharing the photos of the home to maimai with a silent plea for help. It was in a really pathetic state, where the floors were covered in sticky dirt, broken furniture, exposed kitchen area, and many broken wheelchairs “donated” by people who seemed to have taken this home for a dump storage area. While House of Hope worked on some aspects of the home (the hygiene and the food), maimai ventured to seek for more help outside.
This time, maimai decided to make cabinets for the elderly. They were using those flimsy plastic cabinets and maimai drew the design of a vertical cabinet approximately 5ft high. Then the owner, Mr Timothy, requested for a storage cupboard as well. Apparently, since the home was in seclusion, there may be unkind people who came in pretence of being relatives of the old people and stole things from the elderly or the home. Timothy requested for a storage cupboard so that he may lock items such as oats, beverage and other things that are important for the home. Yes, people even stole MILO from them!
Besides the cabinets and storage cupboard, maimai observed that the kitchen was exposed in the open area at the back of the premise. All the pots and pans and dishes were on open shelves and make-shift tables, so maimai designed an U-shaped kitchen set for them. Not big, but a useful design to allow for more comfortable cooking and hygienic storage.
Hence, with these plans in mind, maimai contacted Chow Choon (M) Sdn Bhd who was willing to sponsor the accessories to create the furniture and kitchen set to the home. Ms Vanessa Tan gave the sponsorship without giving it a second thought, which is a very sincere gesture of compassion in this effort. Thank you, Ms Tan.
What resulted was 3-times delivery due to the staggered production of the items. A total of 12 vertical cabinets, 1 storage cupboard and a kitchen set was delivered to the home on 11 October, 25 October and 14 November. In all these three instances, maimai was also blessed by the kindness given by Long Express, who had performed all these deliveries including the help of carrying the items for free! It was not an easy delivery too, Long Express had to collect the complete furniture from our Lunas factory the day before actual delivery (kudos to the team for such handicraft and making those highly durable furniture for this purpose) and to send them over in the morning all the way to Penang island. This process was repeated 3 times since we made 3 deliveries. Thank you very much, Long Express!
While most of the items can be used immediately upon arrival at the centre, the kitchen set had to be installed on-site. 3 maimais were deployed for this purpose and did a really good job with it. As a token of appreciation, Timothy offered Yakult to all our maiAmbassadors for the day!
The result is satisfying. Not much, but at least we know that the elderly is able to keep their belongings in good, vertical cabinets instead of flimsy plastic drawers. The kitchen can become neater with the utensils kept in the cabinets instead of exposed to the possibilities of crawling lizards, cockroaches and rats. Timothy was happy too, and we hope that all the elderly staying there, including Timothy and his staff, will be blessed with excellent health and great happiness always!
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