Tuesday January 15, 2013
Selling cookies for computers
By YVONNE LIM
KAPAR: Jenny Raj (not her real name) appreciates the opportunity to go to school more than most 14-year-olds, as she did not have a birth certificate until nine and could not go to school before then.
Unable to support her and her disabled younger brother single-handedly, her mother who had separated from Jenny's father decided to place her in Philea Girls Home, where Jenny now lives with 15 other girls who come from broken families.
Jenny said she aspired to be a chemist.
“I want to be a successful researcher to provide a better life for my family and help other kids who have had a difficult life,” she said.
Jenny said they were thankful to business development executive Danny Wang and his friends who are helping the home raise money to buy computers.
“Nowadays, almost all our homework requires us to do research on the Internet, but we do not have a computer here,” she said.
To meet the home's need for at least four computers and a printer, Wang, 24, and his friends, have volunteered to raise funds by selling Chinese New Year cookies which are baked by the girls.
“My friends and I came here during Christmas and saw that Yoges Alexander, who runs the home with her husband, has been trying hard to help the girls gain a better education. But they just didn't have the resources.
“We hope to raise funds to buy at least two computers,” he said.
Wang has set up a Facebook page for people to place orders for the cookies and collect them from several distribution centres around the Klang Valley one week before Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb 10.
Among the varieties being sold are almond chocolate, pineapple tarts, butter, peanut and cornflake cookies and muruku which are priced between RM18 and RM28 per container.
Bakery Heavenly Cups has also committed to donating proceeds from its sale of selected cupcakes to the home.
To place orders, visit their Facebook page or contact Wang at 016-622 1571.
For more information on Philea Girls Home, call Yoges Alexander at 012-342 3072.