Give Children of Borneo a Chance for a
basic Education - Help to sponsor a unique Project for more
than 12,000 Children without access to School in Borneo's
Plantations, on islands and in other remote Areas.
Many of the
kids growing up in oil palm plantations in Sabah on
Borneo still face a childhood without a single day in
school and are at great risk
of becoming child labourers from an early age.
Because of poverty and lack of access
to school these children from the Bajau Laut minority
will spend a big part of their childhood living on the
These are some of the children we are
reaching out to with our projects.
Newly built learning
centre for Bajau Laut kids.
Beautiful new learnings
centre for the children in PPB/Wilmar's Estates
Malaysia is a
fast progressing nation with big improvements in living conditions and
better education for its
people. But many children living in remote areas do not have
access to schools, such as the children of Indonesian or
Philippine plantation workers in Sabah, mainly because
of distance, poverty and legal status. These are some of
the children, we try to reach with our programme. Our
work is to start learning
centres for these children in the remotest areas, far away from towns,
where the children live, and often only accessed by
wheel drive vehicles.
Kids on their way to the learning centre.
Our Vision is to reach the thousands of
children, who are presently deprived of education on
Borneo and specifically in the State of Sabah. This we
practise in accordance withthe
UN's Child Right Convention, which says that all children have a right to a primary
education, regardless of background, nationality and
We also hope to
contribute to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals
on education, to ensure that by 2015 all boys and girls can
complete a full course of primary education.
Our aim is to reach as many children as
possible with good education and care. In this we hope
to serve children in Malaysia and the state of Sabah, so
they may grow up to become knowledgeable and active
participants in their society.
is no place on earth and no race, which is not capable of
producing the finest types of humanity, given suitable
opportunities and education." MAHATMA GANDHI
children have talents, hopes and ambitions like all other
children and given the chance for education, they do their
best with it.
Status 3. Quarter 2009: Borneo Child Aid
Society/Humana is now providing Primary Education to 8500 underprivileged children in 105 Learning Centres in
Sabah, Malaysia. And we are still counting.......
See below chart
Child Aid Society
is presently opening and operating these Learning Centres
approved with permits from the
Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur and the Department of
Education in Sabah providing education and care for
primarily children of plantation workers and other children
without other access to education.
We are presently running more than 100 Learning Centres
for over 8000 children
of mainly plantation workers.
We aim to give these children a better chance in life
through a basic education.
We provide daily
education and care for the children.
We teach the children in English, Malay,
Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science and general knowledge
about Indonesia and Malaysia. We practice
integrated education with Music,
Dance, Sports and Culture.
Teachers sent by the Indonesian Government are asigned to our programme
to help reach the plantation children.
Visit to Learning
Centre in Madai Estate headed Dato' Abdul Latif bin Endot the
Private Principal Secretary to Malaysia's Minister of Education
and Mr.Kenneth Luis Director of the Foreign Relations Department
of the Ministry of Education.
Borneo Child Aid
is locally registered and known as "Humana Child Aid Society Sabah".
was formed in 1991 with an initial sponsorship of the Europe
based NGO, Humana , until 1998, when the sponsorship ended.
Fortunately the main sponsorship was taken over by
the Malaysian Company Hap Seng Consolidated's "Lau Gek
Poh Foundation" under the initiative of its CEO Mr. John Madsen
with whom we have had a close cooperation since then.
At this time Borneo Child Aid
operates as an independent
social NGO without formal ties to any international organizations.
we are seeking support and cooperation from NGOs, corporations
and funding organisations for our efficient and wide reaching education projects
for thousands of deserving children in Sabah and Malaysia.
Borneo Child Aid Society is also member of
CRIN (Child Rights Information
Network) and INEE
(Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies)
We are a full NGO member of the Roundtable on
Sustainable Palm Oil RSPO from where we are trying to raise the
issue of plantation children's right to education.
We are proud to have been part of the
"Yayasan Harapan Kanak-Kanak Malaysia" initiated campaign to
collect a million children's pictures and their visions for
Corporate Social Responsibilitiy.
do good is the greatest Joy."
Ancient Asian Idiom.
Borneo Child Aid
Society is primarily funded by socially responsible companies and other
who want to take part in providing a better future for these
Today it is
vitally important that also the corporate world take part in providing
solutions for these social problems by helping children, who belong to the poorest and who do not
otherwise get a proper chance of
education. The investment in these children will come back many
Borneo Child Aid Society's Honorary
Advisor is Mr.
John Madsen, board member of Malaysian Institute of
Management as well as Malaysian Danish
Business Council and Danish
John Madsen has offered continued unwavering support for our society
during the past 10 years.
Dance performed by children from plantation learning centre.
Documentation in Pictures and Video:
Program about Malaysian CSR
featuring our learning centres on World Business
Channel on CNBC:
British MP Bill
Wiggin talks about Palm Oil plantation's social and environmental
responsibilities in connection with visit to among others our Learning Centres
with Sime Darby.
TV Reporter World Business.
The first 3
Learning Centres were started on three plantations by a group of
people with teacher's backgrounds in 1991 in Sabah after finding
that the children on the plantations mostly did not go to
school, and that there were many health problems such as
malaria, measles and other diseases. We have employed dedicated teachers, among who
the most important qualification is the willingness to stay often
far from families, educating and caring for the children in the
plantation to which they are assigned. These teachers have over the years
helped us to reach thousand of children, and have in the process been active developing our
unique programs, where singing, dancing, sports and other cultural
elements are an important part in educating and enlightening the
Children from Tabanak performing
plant growing dance during Sports Festival 2005
Borneo Child Aid
Society is a member of the "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm
Oil" in which forum we work to join forces with progressive
and socially responsible plantation companies and other
corporations involved in processing or trading palm oil to
secure a proper basic education for the children of plantation
for Educational Channels Astro and Mini Libraries for all
our 112 learning centres and cost of 1000 unsponsored children's
education. Our warmest thanks to UNICEF for this most important
We are also interested in book
donations, vitamins or nutrients and 2. hand or new computers and printers, which are used
by the teachers to produce education material in the plantations and
many other items.