Children walk two hours to school

Children walk two hours to school
By Philip Kiew

MIRI: They have to walk two hours to school; starting at 4am and returning home at 4pm for lunch in an unbelievably hard life and heartbreaking thirst for education.

PONDERING THE FUTURE: Jang with wife, Christopher and Jeniffer, rues his future home that may have to make way for a plantation.
Resilient Christopher, seven, and elder sister Jeniffer, 10, have to wake up at 3am every schooling day and start walking an hour later in darkness to daylight for 20km, to reach SRK Pujut Corner. Mother Hu Bee Chu accompanies them all the way in a heart-wrenching story of tough life.

Tucked in the farmhouse, nearly 18km from the junction of Miri bypass road near the water gate of the Drainage and Irrigation Department, these two slender children have been walking to school since they first stepped into a preschool classroom.

Their heart-rending story only came to light when their father, Jang Enggan, who is unemployed, and with a partially paralysed left hand, had walked two hours from their house to take a bus to Miri City Council to meet up with Henry Jalin after hearing the later on radio talking on the urban poverty eradication programme in an interview on Thursday night.

Jang took a bunch of banana from the farm and sold it for RM6, and paid RM1 for the bus fare to meet Henry yesterday morning to relate his heart-wrenching tale.

The bus fare cost RM1.60 but because the driver knew Jang very well, he was resigned to accepting only RM1 from this poor soul.

He had to pay RM5 for his left hands physiotherapy at Miri hospital for an injury sustained after a fall in the work place at the army camp last July.

The trip from his home to the hospital usually takes him at least four hours as he walked all the way; stopping to take rests in between.

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Can anyone tell or share with me how to help them? i.e. bank-in money to where?

Can anyone recommend me a bus driver/operator who passes by their house?

Would appreciate your help. Thanks very much.

buy or donate to them a bicycle so the will need 30 min to school.

[quote=“anonlife”]Can anyone tell or share with me how to help them? i.e. bank-in money to where?

Can anyone recommend me a bus driver/operator who passes by their house?

Would appreciate your help. Thanks very much.[/quote]

Thanks for ur generousity,

we from RumahDayak.com has organize a Donation Drive for this family…
i was one of the co-ordinator…u can PM me for the Bank Details…
below is the link for our Donation Drive

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Chien,just click my link for the details

are u sure money really can help them?

20km in 2 hours? That’s 10km/hr they’re running (not even jogging! RUNNING!) at, non stop for 2 hours. I think the news is exaggerating a little here.

since they only live 20km (shorter distance, I reckon) from srk pujut, I think it’s best to just drive there yourself. Better than going through a middle man.

We are just trying to help. NO matter how they run, jog or take how long, do you need to ask such questions? Why don’t you put in your effort to spread the word to help instead of typing nonsense.

Do you even know what you are writing about?

Actually Loong questioned the correct thing. I’m guessing the newspaper exaggerated about the distance, or else it will not be only 2 hours. And in the second post, Loong’s actually asking you to go meet them (as in drive there) for yourself better than waiting for other organizations, as it’s not uncommon to have strangers visiting people like the ones shown above after their story got out and it means a lot to those people in terms of morale support.

Sorry but I think Loong is currently not in Sarawak. So he can’t just hop along and spread the word. But he is certainly not typing nonsense.

maybe someone can post the map location of where they live in here? that would help if any person (not in group like Leslie kalom post) want to visit them. print screen / coordinate from google earth would be good.

Children walk two hours to school
By Philip Kiew

MIRI: They have to walk two hours to school; starting at 4am and returning home at 4pm for lunch in an unbelievably hard life and heartbreaking thirst for education.
PONDERING THE FUTURE: Jang with wife, Christopher and Jeniffer, rues his future home that may have to make way for a plantation.

Resilient Christopher, seven, and elder sister Jeniffer, 10, have to wake up at 3am every schooling day and start walking an hour later in darkness to daylight for 20km, to reach SRK Pujut Corner. Mother Hu Bee Chu accompanies them all the way in a heart-wrenching story of tough life.

Tucked in the farmhouse, nearly 18km from the junction of Miri bypass road near the water gate of the Drainage and Irrigation Department, these two slender children have been walking to school since they first stepped into a preschool classroom.

Their heart-rending story only came to light when their father, Jang Enggan, who is unemployed, and with a partially paralysed left hand, had walked two hours from their house to take a bus to Miri City Council to meet up with Henry Jalin after hearing the later on radio talking on the urban poverty eradication programme in an interview on Thursday night.

Jang took a bunch of banana from the farm and sold it for RM6, and paid RM1 for the bus fare to meet Henry yesterday morning to relate his heart-wrenching tale.

The bus fare cost RM1.60 but because the driver knew Jang very well, he was resigned to accepting only RM1 from this poor soul.

He had to pay RM5 for his left hands physiotherapy at Miri hospital for an injury sustained after a fall in the work place at the army camp last July.

The trip from his home to the hospital usually takes him at least four hours as he walked all the way; stopping to take rests in between.

I had to sell some fruits or pluck midin (local fern) to sell to get some money today (yesterday). I had to do it because I wanted very much to meet Henry, he said.

Miri City Caring Society (MCCS) was notified, and the relevant facts and documents to ascertain the help needed by this family, including a visit to their farmhouse where an oil palm plantation company has claimed rights of ownership, were put together.

Jang and his family were formerly living in their squatter house at Pujut Corner before a major fire struck and destroyed it with many others in 1998.

The authorities told us that there are no more resettlement lots, and offered us low-cost flat to buy, but I had no money and had no choice but to move to our farm hut and their mother had to walk the children to school and back, he sighed.

Christopher and Jeniffer had to miss one week of school this year due to flood.

Let me tell you, our children have not missed even a single day of school without any good reason, the mother said. Strangely, the family never received any flood relief assistance.

Christopher and Jeniffer have other siblings, including eldest brother Edward Jarau, 23, who is already away trying to make a living; Augustine, 14, who is studying in Sri Aman with the help of the Welfare Department; and a 19-year-old sister who has run away from home 10 years ago.

With them in the farmhouse is William Wat, 16, who does odd jobs to help support their schooling. William himself left school after completing Primary 6.

Jang worries about his future when his farm and shelter are gone when the plantation arrives at his footstep as some farms in the area are already affected.

MCCS chairman Pemanca Wilson Siang and his committee met yesterday over the case, and they have decided that MCCS will assist in liaising with the relevant authorities for the appropriate assistance for the family.

Education is the most important thing for the two younger children, and perhaps getting them into a boarding school may be the answer while the family may have no home soon if the plantation comes in, said Wilson.

Meanwhile, Jalin said the council would identify the form of assistance, which could be channelled to the family while MCCS will bring up the matter with the relevant authorities.

where is SUPP, PBB DAP ppl ? come come come free advertising on news paper for representing donation to the family.

so far we from rumahdayak.com manage to get RM170.00

We try to locate thier house. So that we can pay for thier bus fare. For a year maybe.

To date: RM370.00