Help Home was founded in 1993-94 in Hutan Melintang, Perak by Jeba Mani, a Christian woman. Its purpose was to provide temporary shelter for physically abused women and their children. Since 1995, it has been operating in Selangor under the management of a Board, staff and volunteers. It was officially registered by the Registrar of Societies on 27/2/2001 as Persatuan Rumah Bantuan Kristian clearly declaring its Christian Foundation.
They have had to relocate several times because they have used rented properties. They hope to have a permanent place one day. Up until December 2001, they had helped over 100 women. Recently, 3 grandmothers who were abused by their families were given help. During 2001, 19 mothers and 43 children were given shelter. The home being rented at Batu Caves had 3 bedrooms with 6 beds and many mattresses.
As at December 2001, Jeba Mani and another woman were the paid staff . Board members included Dorothy Noel (widow of a Tamil Methodist Minister), Kamala Thaver (widow), Ms Rajam (lawyer), a woman doctor, and 5 others – all of whom are Christians. Staff members take daily Christian devotion. Attendance at a local church is compulsory for the women and children. Also, 2 pastors’ wives come weekly for Bible studies.
Counselling and other physical and emotional support is provided for those seeking shelter in the home. They aim to teach the women a home trade (e.g. sewing) and assist them in getting jobs before the mothers leave the home. Employment placement was an expressed need in December 2001. St Andrew’s Church has provided financial support since 1996 and is one of Help Home’s key partners.
Samaritans Purse – Hope Home
Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organisation. It provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine; with the purpose of sharing, Jesus Christ. St. Andrew’s is in partnership with them via Hope Home in Nepal.