In September 2019, a few participants from Sabah attended the third National Diaspora Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. After hearing different speakers share the needs and challenges of reaching out to various migrant nationalities through compassion services and social work, we realized that we could do something similar to reach out to the immigrant communities in Sabah. Most of them came from Indonesia and the Philippines and their number is estimated to be about 1.5 million.
Propelled by this realization, ElShaddai Sabah was formed in affiliation to ECB in April 2020 with its headquarters in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. ElShaddai Sabah is endorsed by the Malaysian Diaspora Network.
Education will be the main emphasis of ElShaddai Sabah as it is the RIGHT of every child to have education, and we believe in the power of education to uplift the individual, community and nation. We will also support these displaced and marginalized communities by providing healthcare, emergency relief, skills training and development in the future.
By doing so, we hope a generation of these displaced people can be raised to bless their own communities and to contribute positively to the economy and society of Sabah.
As the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world, lives of many families are affected. Families of immigrants in Sabah are also affected. Jobs became very scarce during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period in Malaysia. Immigrants need food and medical attention. ElShaddai Sabah saw this urgent need and with the support of generous donors, we stepped in to distribute relief and medicine to about 1000 immigrant families in the Kota Kinabalu area, specifically in the area of KPD, Likas Square, PPR Gayang Ria, Bantayan, the Kayu Madang rubbish dump site, Kampung Suang Parai, Kampung Saga, Kampung Pasir and Kampung Lok Urai.
Seeing the gratitude in the eyes of the immigrants, young and old, strengthened the resolve of ElShaddai Sabah to continue helping the needy amongst them even until today.
ElShaddai Sabah also found that many immigrant children in these communities do not have the opportunity to go to school. They just live their daily lives helping out in household chores, playing or even doing odd jobs to earn a living for their families. On 25 July 2020, a learning centre was established by ElShaddai Sabah in KPD area with 5 classes for Suluk and Bajau children of 7 years old and above. Teachers are employed from their communities. ElShaddai Sabah also provides teaching materials and training for the teachers. Initially classes were held in the houses of the communities but we are now in the process of building three simple outdoor classes to replace three houses that are becoming too crowded with students.
When we were visiting a riverside Bajau immigrant community, once again we saw the need of children there for education. On 9 September 2020, another learning centre was established in Kampung Aman with one class, for a start. This learning centre is unique as it was set up at the ground floor of a family house on a tiny island along a flowing river. All students, teachers and visitors going to this centre will take the usual mode of transportation which is by boat. These two learning centres in KPD and Kampung Aman were made possible by donors who saw the need of education for these lovely children.
ElShaddai Centre Berhad
Bank: Maybank Berhad (MBB)
Account No.: 5624 5001 1075
(Please specify “ElShaddai Sabah” as reference)