BUDIMAS EDUCATION CHARITY FUND (BECF)
We at The Budimas Charitable Foundation recognise that education is a way out of poverty. After all, almost every educated person has a job and this means education is a fundamental solution to eradicate poverty.
The Budimas Education Charity Fund aims to provide education to underprivileged children of Malaysia. In this context, one of its key strategies is to establish educational facilities, such as libraries, in rural and poor villages in the country. It is to encourage the Orang Asli children to read more and fulfilling their reading passion with sufficient reading materials yet in a convenient book accessibility.
In February 2015, Budimas’s first library started operations in the Orang Asli Settlement at Kampung Bukit Kepong, Port Dickson. There are total of 4,000 books stored in the library which has benefited up to 75 children and over 500 villagers. The library operates 7 days a week. Children are not only encouraged to read but also do their school revision work, reading, colouring and other children activities.
Today, Budimas operates 5 libraries in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. They are located at Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Kepong (Port Dickson), Kampung Orang Asli Langkap (Kuala Pilah), Kampung Orang Asli Guntur (Batu Kikir), Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Lalang (Semenyih) and Kampung Orang Asli Payar Lebah (Hulu Langat). There will be 9 more libraries build in Selangor, Pahang and Kelantan. Each library structure cost RM180, 000, depending on the distance and condition of the land.