As of May 2014, the home received numerous requests for assistance from the UNHCR to provide temporary care and shelter for the Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from persecution in Myanmar.
Many young people end up in the hands of human traffickers disguised as ‘agents’. Having been herded together in boats and cramped jungle camps were they were kept forcibly and
beaten to entice friends or relatives in Malaysia to pay a hefty sum for their passage to Malaysia, many of them are unable to walk for some time and require good nutrition and exercise to help them recover and return to their community in Malaysia.
However due to the crackdown on these jungle camps, the Rohingya minors we used to shelter on behalf of the UNHCR, have greatly reduced. Referrals from the UNHCR nowadays are mainly for hospice
care. Many of them suffer from HIV/AIDS, TB and a slew of other afflictions.
The nursing home provides them shelter, nursing care and our dedicated staff bring them for their regular
visits to the hospital for their appointments and follow-ups. Many of them start to recover and become healthy enough to do menial chores around the home.
Our homes are strictly secular in nature and we celebrate all religious
festivals while respecting each others' religious beliefs.
Photo Credit: Grace Baey