Asrama Desa Pukak (ADP) is a hostel for primary school children located in the village of Pukak, Kiulu, in the district of Tuaran in Sabah. This hostel was established in January 2008 and is located about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu and. It has the capacity to accommodate 30 children.
The main objective of this hostel is to enable these children, who come from remote rural villages surrounding Pukak, to attend school on a regular basis so as to raise their academic standards and complete their primary education successfully.
If not for the hostel, these children would have to walk two and a half hours or more over hilly terrain to get to SK Pukak everyday. School attendance would be dictated by the weather and the strength of each child. Access to these villages is only possible by four-wheel drive vehicles traveling on gravel or mud tracks and few in the village have such vehicles.
The children spend Sunday through to Thursday nights at ADP and leave for home on Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with their families.
Besides supervision in their schoolwork, the children also learn living skills such as how to wash their own clothes and shoes, how to make their beds and tidy their own living space.
ADP adopts a holistic approach towards the development of the children and this is reflected through the various programs that are conducted for them which encompasses personal, social, value-based, spiritual, academic and intellectual aspects of formation.
How you can join us in Asrama Desa Pukak
The programs of the hostels are conducted by a pool of staff and volunteers. You can join us in our volunteer program which journeys with the children in the following areas:
- Home Skills
- Social Activities
- Home Visitation
- Providing Tuition and supervision of homework
- Skills development e.g. computer classes, literacy programs etc.
You can also sponsor a child during his/her stay in Asrama Desa Pukak.