We spoke to The Budimas Charitable Foundation’s Principal Officer,Anne Rajasaikaran, as she explains the efforts that are being done to help children all across Malaysia through their various programs.
Hailing from Malacca, Anne, started off with an aspiration to be a lawyer. However, she had a change of heart and ventured into PR & Advertising instead which then eventually brought her to stumble along this path with Budimas. She started off with being an Executive, then went on to be Manager and after 5 years in the managerial role, was offered to be the Principal Officer of The Budimas Charitable Foundation which she is until today.
Anne mentioned that her career transition from the corporate world into philanthropy was an eye-opener which allowed her to expand her boundaries.
“Despite the difficulties, I have met a lot of good mentors and good people on the way, and I’m definitely still learning from day to day,” Anne said.
“Personally, it has been a challenging course and there’s been a lot of compromise made, especially being a wife and mother but I’ve managed to find other ways to keep going with these responsibilities,” she added.
The Budimas Charitable Foundation (TBCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, with the mission to provide guidance and funding to support of the welfare and the well-being of orphans and underprivileged children in Malaysia.
“TBCF is not your conventional charity foundation, we go by a strict system including a board of trustees that overlook the entire foundation,” says Anne.
Anne has been the with the foundation for close to 6 years now, starting as an Executive and was soon given the opportunity to lead the team as Principal Officer.
“ We focus on three funds in specific the Budimas Charity Food Fund, Education Fund and Home Fund but right now we’ve also started supporting the refugee community in Malaysia.”
The fund’s key activities include providing breakfast for more than 3,000 underprivileged children in over fifty rural schools from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Penang under the Budimas Charity Food Program.
“We noticed that these underprivileged children from estate areas were not performing well in school and were severely malnourished at first, hence the idea for the feeding program. We now see a huge difference in their academic performance as well as their physical wellbeing.”
The Budimas Charity Home Fund which started in 1998, extends monetary support to over 700 children from 15 homes nationwide. They have recently constructed a new home, Budimas Orion, in Senawang which is fully funded by them, providing shelter to orphans and underprivileged children.
In February 2015, they built a library in the Orang Asli settlement in Port Dickson through the Budimas Charity Education Fund.
Anne said that “the library was built in aim to cultivate a reading and studying environment for the villagers with as many as 4000 books. It has so far benefited 50 children in the settlement and over 500 villagers. After seeing the success of this program, we are already in the works to open up three more libraries.
For more info on TBCF, you can log on to http://www.budimas.org/home.html