Restoring broken lives
“WITH love to aid a heart can all things dare,” someone once said.
Love has crystallised into a home called Crystal Family Home.
Armed with faith and love, David Barnabas and his wife, Esther, had the vision to set up a welfare home.
Their intention was to take in children who need a home. In 2009, when they opened Crystal Family Home, there were only two children.
Today, they have 21 kids between the ages of seven and 16 living there.
Tucked away in the quiet and peaceful neighbourhood of Reservoir Garden in Ayer Itam, Johor, Crystal Family Home provides a conducive environment for children to receive a holistic upbringing and education.
The Home is neat, clean and well-organised. Each child has his or her own locker. The Home is ideally located opposite a playground where the children can play and exercise every evening.
Whenever I visit the Home, the smiling faces which greet me reflect the happiness and security the children have found here. David and Esther are “daddy” and “mummy” to all the children.
They have been sowing love, care and concern into these young lives. Now they are reaping the fruits of their labour of love.
They are firm and strict in disciplining the children. All of them have to follow a daily regimen.
After school, they have to finish their homework and help with the household chores.
Bedtime is at 10pm every night, except during weekends. They share the household chores every Saturday.
The children stay together like one big, happy family. They have learnt to respect one another, share whatever they have and care for one another.
Chandran was six years old when he joined the Home two years ago. He was very shy and timid then.
He didn’t even know how to eat with a pair of fork and spoon. Today, he has grown in stature and confidence, and is a talkative boy.
His personality has changed tremendously after all the attention showered upon him by all his “brothers” and “sisters”.
He has even managed to score full marks for English in his examination.
Thanks to all the motivation and encouragement they receive, some of the children have excelled in their studies.
Sharvin, who has been in the Home the past eight months, has come out of his shell. He was the third boy in his class.
Anita, a quiet girl, scored the highest marks in her class for Moral.
There is a marked change in the children’s mindset, attitudes and personality after being groomed in Crystal Family Home.
They all display a higher level of selfconfidence, intelligence and self-esteem.
Some of the girls like Bawani and Nisha look so innocent and lovable, you just want to hug them.
Each time I visit the Home it is a joy to see the physical, emotional and mental development of these children. They are well-behaved, obedient, teachable and reachable.
As I chat with Esther, I can hear the children calling for her attention. One needs to cut his nails while another needs to mend her torn school uniform.
Being the mother of 21 children is definitely an arduous task. She has to divide her time and attention, and it’s a full-time job.
I salute her for her extraordinary patience, perseverance and determination.
She has to attend to everything from marketing, providing meals and pocket money for the children to keeping the accounts for the Home.
She is a superwoman with boundless drive and energy. If her cook is on leave, she takes over the cooking as well.
Every time I visit the Home, I’m inspired by David and Esther to do whatever I can to contribute to the well-being of these children. I can bless them by cooking for them or helping to raise funds to sustain the Home.
David and Esther remind me that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. They have done an excellent job in restoring these young, broken lives.
Their reward is the incomparable joy of seeing their children grow up into stable, useful citizens. It is love that sustains them as they uphold their motto, “Mending their past. Building their future”.
Their perseverance and determination have paid off. All the children in Crystal Family Home can look forward to a better and brighter future because they know they are in good hands.
The happy children at the crystal Family Home.