Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia was established in February 1990 as a non-profit organization with the mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of under-privileged children in Malaysia. In the last 29 years, RMHC Malaysia has positively impacted more than 20,000 children’s lives in the areas of Health, Education and Welfare with funding in excess of RM 16 million.
RMHC Malaysia operates four main programs in supporting their core pillars of Health, Education and Welfare. These programs are Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Sensory Room, Gift of Smile and the Back to School packs.
RMHC Malaysia funds these programs through the generosity of individual donors through our coin-boxes located at McDonald’s Restaurants and also from corporate sponsorship/donations.
1. Ronald McDonald House – RMHC builds accommodation in hospital to help keeping families with critically ill children together and near the care and resources they need.
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. When your child is sick, you want the best care possible – even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. We believe families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process.
2. Ronald McDonald Sensory Room – RMHC helps children with a variety of disabilities, disorders and conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual & multiple disabilities.
RMHC provides multi-sensory facilities to more than 30 special schools and care centers nationwide for children with developmental disabilities, especially those who have sensory processing issues, including autism and other disabilities. Multi-sensory intervention is helpful in decreasing disrupting behaviors in individuals with autism.
3. Gift of Smile – RMHC provides financial support to children born with cleft lip and palate to get access to corrective surgeries needed.
Cleft lip can be caused by an improper formation of the lips or mouth of a baby when still in the mother's womb during pregnancy. A baby may be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. These can be repaired using surgical methods to improve the child’s ability to eat, speak and hear normally and to achieve a normal facial appearance.
4. Back to School Packs – Annually, RMHC helps children from poor families with school necessities for their new schooling year.
The Back to School Pack program has proven to relieve parents from the financial commitment required to purchase school necessities, improve school attendance among poor students, boost their confidence, and allow them to reach their full potential on various activities.