Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Johnny of Bukit Harapan Shelter Home

This actually is written by my lovely sister who used to volunteer in Bukit Harapan Shelter Home. To be honest, I never heard about that place and I think, many of you don't too. My sister wrote and published this in her facebook and I just felt that there's nothing wrong if I share it in my blog. At least, that's the only thing that I can do to help.

This here is my little friend, Johnny Paulus Ola. He is 13 years old and lives in Bukit Harapan Shelter Home in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He looks pretty normal in this photo, but in real life, this kid suffered partial brain damage and is an epileptic. On paper, he has a mother, but in reality he is the unwanted child of a raped victim.

He loves singing and can sing a few songs in Malay and English , which for me, is an amazing talent considering his disability. He also loves dog. He has a dog named 'Kutud' and he always fed it. He is naughty at times and can be stubborn too, always gave headache to his caretaker, sis Sesilia Boleng.

Whenever I come to visit, he is one of the persons who will welcome me. He talked a lot and sometimes I really wish I could understand all his words. In the evening, we will play together in the park or just walk around the buildings. He likes the swing. Sometimes, we'll just sit on the swing chair and sing together. His favourite songs were Eh Eh (Nothing else I can say) by Lady Gaga and OK by T2.

Once, during my visit to Bukit Harapan. I cried because of some hardships I had in life, then he came to me, wipe away my tears and said 'kakak, jangan nangis' and held my hand tightly. This little comfort he gave me, makes me feel a whole lot better.

He might be left unwanted, he might be different, he might be abnormal, but for me, he is special and for that, he is loved. God bless you always, buddy.

 (The writer used to volunteer in Bukit Harapan Shelter Home as a teacher) Bukit Harapan can be reached at 6088-424567 or Cash donations can be made through HSBC Account 392-203030-001.

 “No matter how severely multiple-handicapped a body is, as long as the heart beats, we have a duty to respect and served this life for life is the most precious gift from God to us” - Mama Anne

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