Welcome To Humana Child Aid Society Sabah
“Help us provide underprivileged children in Sabah a holistic education and a proper chance at life”.
All children have a right to education.
Education must remain neutral regardless of background, nationality and legal status.
Humana Child Aid Society Sabah is providing education to more than 12,000 children in Sabah’s plantations and other remote places.
HCASS primarily serves children who do not have access to education because of distance, affordability and/or legal status. We provide education from kindergarten to grade six.
Many of these children complete grade six at a late age because they start school later than most local children. The education provided at our centres according to the Malaysian curriculum and with Malaysian textbooks.
Our vision is to provide the thousands of marginalized children in Sabah with a holistic education in accordance with the United Nation’s Child Right Convention mandate.
The convention stipulates that all children have a right to an education, regardless of background, nationality and legal status.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Who are the Sabah stateless?
Sabah is a state in Malaysia and part of the island of Borneo. Sabah became part of Malaysia on decolonisation when several territories under British rule joined together as a federation. The federation included Malaysia, the islands of Singapore (independent since 1965) and the colonies of Sabah and Sarawak in northern Borneo. The population of Sabah is diverse and includes Kadazan people (also known as the Dusun), the Bajau, the Malay, the Murut, Kedayan, Orang Sungai and Bisaya people alongside the descendants of migrant populations from nearby countries.
The stateless people of Sabah are primarily descendants of Filipino or Indonesian migrants who came to Sabah in the 1970's and their descendants, as well as many of the indigenous inhabitants of Borneo. According to the UNDP four distinct populations in Sabah are considered undocumented or stateless Citizens who are undocumented (Indigenous people such as the Dusun, the Rungus (a sub-group of the Dusun), the Iban and the Muru). Filipino refugees including the Suluk people and Indonesian migrants; Bajau Laut nomadic fishermen community; and others who are undocumented including children of migrant workers. Some stateless people in Sabah are 3rd or 4th generation stateless. The current number of stateless people in the region is estimated to be about 800,000.