Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram (SDLA) is a home where orphans and children who are abandoned, abused and neglected are given not only shelter, but also love and care. Founded in 2001 by Mr B. Praveendran, this home has housed and fed many children, from toddlers to teenagers, whose early childhoods have been scarred by traumatic experiences. SDLA currently takes in 45 orphans aged between 1 to 22 years old, 5 single parents and 4 elderly persons.
Since 2009, Amadeus Malaysia's employees have made frequent visits to support the home. In addition, in response to SDLA's call for contribution of groceries and cash donations, during each visit, members of Amadeus Malaysia brought along some food, daily essentials and made personal cash donations to help the children. Amadeus employees also spent time interacting with them and held several social-educational activities such as festive parties and a day visit to the Aquaria KLCC.
In one of our visits, we toured the children's study room and found out that there were a lot of old computers scattered around. According to the caretaker, those computers were donated by an organisation but required cleaning and repairing before the children could use them. Seeing their poor condition, we decided to assist them and initiate a CSR education project. Five months later, eight Amadeus volunteers returned to install 12 additional amortised computers donated by Amadeus.
The volunteers also helped to set up the computer lab with equipment in good condition. This tiring but wholly worthwhile activity concluded with volunteers providing basic computer skills to the children. We recall the very first time when the children pressed their fingers against the computer keyboard: it was all smiles and laughter. To some of them, it was also the very first time they have ever used a computer. We could tell from their faces that they were all thrilled, and were excited and extremely eager to learn and use the computers.
In 2012, we plan to visit SDLA on a bi-monthly basis in order to teach on-going computer lessons to the children and provide necessary continuous maintenance to the computers donated by Amadeus. We, in Amadeus Malaysia, believe not only in contributing with initial assistance but also in streamlining our initiatives to provide a more targeted, sustainable and meaningful difference by leveraging volunteers from various departments who have pledged their support by contributing their knowledge, expertise and skills.