Monday, May 26, 2008
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. We all gathered at the EIC Home together with the children and the committee members. After having our breakfast, we departed to Rainforest Discovery Centre at 8.30am sharp. With delighted hearts, everyone carried a smiling mask on each face. We even waved to each other on the journey to the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Upon reaching the centre, we gathered around with the children and visited the botanical garden. We were astonished to see so many different kinds of plants, flowers and trees. Some of us, of course, will never miss the chance to take photos of these plants, flowers and trees. However, Little Titus was quite reluctant to join us as he can't accept new environment. After much persuading by Ms. Nelly, Ms. Meryhati and Tung, he finally joined the troop and found out it was actually very nice and he even smiled broadly. On the other hand, one of the staff in the centre explained to us the characteristics of plants in the botanical garden. We do actually learn a lot from this meaningful visit. Up next, we were brought to an air-conditioned hall. It was actually the exhibition hall for plants and animals. Again, we were amazed to see the beautiful graphics of plants and animals and informations on the board. There was a wishing tree there where people around the world wrote their messages on a piece of leaf-shaped paper and hung them on the tree. Crystal, on the other hand, took the opportunity to take picture with the fake crocodile and eventually the children wanted to follow her too! It was cute to see how they fought with each other to sit on the fake crocodile.
Afterthat, we had our lunch at 1 pm and rested for while. The teacher then invited us to join them on the jungle tracking! Now, this was where the strenuous activities started. We walked up the hill together with the children, and went straight up to the observation tower. Though it was tiring, it was worthed it as once we reached the observation tower, we felt like we were as tall as the trees ! We can actually see a beautiful scenery of the jungle from the top of the tower and we tried the "Jambatan Gantung". Yeah, it was very fun indeed when you were standing on the bridge as it was like you were floating in the skies. PS: It is extremly fun we tell you!
Hah, our last destination is to visit the world wide well-known destination, the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre where it only located near the Rainforest Discovery Centre. We grabbed the chance to see the female orang utans feeding their babies and the other orang utans swinging from one tree to the other. It was very fun indeed and there were a lot of foreign visitors too. Through this visit, we managed to get closer our bonds between the teachers and the beloved children. We managed to take care of the children well and brought them back safely which is one of our task for this visit.
Last but not least, we will let the pictures to speak for themselves. Be sure to visit our gallery of pictures. H.O.P.E. team signing out...
MISSION STATEMENT :
To equip Autistic children with the required skills to lead meaningful and independent lives within Sandakan society and to raise awareness among the public on autism.
+To expose the school community and the general public to autism in our effort to raise awareness via the creation of a website, so that the younger generation and the public may be more sensitive to the needs of these strata society.
+To help the autistic children, parents, teachers and the centre obtain a better understanding about Autism by providing any resources at the website on the subject.
+To give funds to the centre, so the teachers can get proper training in the future.
+To get the school community to contribute in helping the autistic children, through voluntary work such as charity work (cleaning and mural painting) and activity (mini concert) to raise fund for the centre.
+To change mindsets of every person in accepting autistic people in their community, so that they too feel loved and accepted as a contributing part of the society.
+To raise funds to improve the facilities of the centre.
+To create an awareness of the team members and the school community in general, of how much we should appreciate our lives and be grateful for it.
+To bring light to the children who are developmentaly delayed by having fun with them through activities.