In 1995, Pastor Alvin, a teacher by profession,
became increasingly aware that many children in the school that he was teaching, appeared to be lost, lacking support and care, and often were in need of financial and moral guidance.
Giving up a safe stable career as a school teacher to start a home for children
His calling began when
he and his wife decided to bring home a young child and care for him because his parents were unable to do so. From this humble and selfless gesture emerged his vision of starting a Home where he and his wife Pastor Lucy could devote their lives to the welfare of children, some as young as babies only a couple of months old.
Needless to say, those early years were fraught with unimaginable challenges, but through it all, Pastor Alvin never lost his faith in God
When Pastor Alvin was asked how he managed to acquire the extensive funds to clothe, feed and house so many young kids,
He said “I really don’t know. When we needed funds, I prayed and somehow, financial assistance came from kind individuals and companies, most of them strangers I had never met.”
Starting with two half-brothers, Sunbeams Home has grown to
135 children, both boys and girls aged 2 to 18 years old
And has given comfort and guidance over the years
to hundreds of kids who were sent to the Home, some by the helpless parents themselves and some rescued from abusive homes.
Through his untiring efforts and perseverance, Pastor Alvin has established separate homes for boys and girls in the Klang Valley and Melaka. Caring individuals even donated land and expenses for the building of the homes to ensure that the kids will never experience the fear of being homeless again in case of inability to cover rental expenses.
We all know how expensive it is to care for, feed, clothe and provide education and guidance for hundreds of young boys and girls. And to the Home’s credit, several of their kids have secured scholarships to colleges and universities, and have graduated with diplomas and degrees.
And after leaving the Home and securing jobs, many come back to provide assistance, guidance and inspiration to those at the Home.
We have currently our Founder Chairman Pastor Alvin Tan, our General Manager Pastor Victor Maniam and Board of Trustees together with 51 salaried staff helping to run our Homes.
Sunbeams Home is non-governmental, self-supporting and depends on well-wishers and donors to sustain itself.Expenditure, amounts to about RM150,000.00 a month ; the bulk of which goes towards the children’s needs. These include food, clothing, accommodation, transport, rental of premises for Community Learning Centre, utilities, personnel support and educational expenses.