ECM Libra Foundation
The ECM Libra Foundation was established on 30 October 2004 as a charitable organisation to provide financial assistance for the education of underprivileged Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion or creed. The founders Dato’ Seri Kalimullah bin Masheerul Hassan, Mr Lim Kian Onn and Dato’ David Chua Ming Huat have collectively donated a total of RM63 million to the Foundation.
The Founders believe that education is the means to breaking the poverty cycle and to uplifting the quality of life for underprivileged families. Recognising that access to education is most difficult for the poor, the Foundation focuses first and foremost on helping marginalised segments of communities, in particular the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia, the natives of Sabah and Sarawak, and also on the poor in the small towns and urban communities.
Some of the activities undertaken by the Foundation are:
- The provision of financial assistance in the form of grants for the construction or refurbishment of educational facilities such as school halls, resource centres, libraries and the purchase of teaching and education aids for underprivileged primary and secondary school students;
- The provision of interest-free and bond-free study loans for local tertiary students who face financial difficulties and the provision of purpose-driven scholarships;
- The sponsorship of teaching programmes, such as pre-school learning, tuition and skill-based programmes for less academically inclined students. This also includes sponsorship of sports, leadership and motivational programmes.
Over the longer term, the Foundation has adopted the “Stay-In-School” theme which has an objective of helping poor students stay abreast in their school work so as to not drop out of school. In these projects, the Foundation works with partners on the ground and local communities who are committed to the children’s success.