Yayasan Sunbeams Home (YSH), a non-governmental, self-supporting multi-racial foundation, is home to displaced, misplaced, abused and neglected children of single-parents. It was the brain-child of a husband and wife team Pastor Alvin Tan and his late wife, Pastor Lucy. It was started in 1995.
From a home of first two half-brothers, the home has grown to 60 plus children, consisting of boys and girls. These children are housed in two double-storey houses, back-to-back, one for the girls and the other for the boys. Our children range from 1 years to 22 years old.
A colourful blend of culture occupies its premises, which include Chinese, Indians and Orang Asli, all looked after by pioneers and 30 others who make up the staff and some volunteers who come by to oversee the children's studies.
Another branch of YSH came into being in June 2006 to cater to the increased intake of needy children. We have more than 20 children staying here.
Our branch in Alor Gajah, Malacca was launched on 1st May 2007. We have currently 13 children staying there.
A businessman offered us a bungalow to start a Children’s home in Ampang in 2011. It was timely as there were 2 brothers from a single mother from Johor who needed a place to stay. We took them in just the beginning of May 2011 and they have since adjusted themselves well and are happy. We took in another 6 children from 3 different single parent families in August 2011.
Due to the reconstruction of our current premise, we have also moved some of our existing children to stay in this house. In total now, we have 39 boys staying here
A day care centre was set up to cater to the needs of the low income underprivileged parents who can ill afford to send their children to the commercial day care centres. In this centre, we have a full time coordinator and volunteers to help guide the children in their studies.
The Community Learning Centre was launched in January 2008 with the objective of approaching an alternative way in handling our children’s education. We believe that every child is unique and learns differently. Therefore these children are given a more personalized learning method that will help to instil academic confidence and motivation. We need approximately RM30,000 monthly to run this Centre consisting of 68 students.
As the vision expands, we have also set up a department to provide provisions and other help to the following groups of people in need:
We are now networking with the MP of Pandan in doing social work.
Pastor Alvin Tan has been appointed as the Director of Welfare in the Majlis Kebajikan and Pembangunan Masyarakat Parlimen Pandan. We are also working closely with ADUN Teratai in carrying out social work in our community.
Pastor Alvin Tan and his wife, Pastor Lucy, both teachers, took optional retirement in 1994 to lay groundwork for Sunbeams Home to look after the needs of deprived and underprivileged children. This vision became a reality when in 1995, the first children were two half-brothers; the elder was aged 7 while the younger was a mere 18 months old. In the beginning, only a single double-storey house was utilized, which had the home and administration office within it. God looked at the couple's aspirations and willed it...
Today, we have expanded to the following:
After more than eleven years, we are finally embarking on our current plan to upgrade and reconstruct our current premises to cater to the ever-growing needs of the children. This plan involves the rebuilding of the present 3 units’ double storey houses to a 3 storey completely brand new building, measuring approximately 16,000 sq ft.
The ground breaking ceremony was blessed on Saturday, 19th November 2011. The estimated cost for the project is approximately RM3.5 million, notwithstanding the constant building material increment as of late. The rebuilding started end April 2012 and is in progress.
Our future plan is to acquire a piece of land of about five acres to building a multipurpose complex, where all the community services will be available:
The estimated cost for the land and the construction of the multipurpose complex is about RM25 million.
We have currently our founder, Ps Alvin Tan and Board of Trustees together with 43 salaried staff helping to run these homes.