KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 4 ― It was an experience beyond words for the 70 underprivileged children from the Lighthouse Children Welfare Home Association when the Duchess of Corwall visited them yesterday.
The British Royal paid a visit to the association’s main shelter in Bangsar yesterday, and was greeted by the home’s founders Steven Silvaraju and Jacinta Steven.
The two have managed the association’s five premises with a staff of eight including two full-time teachers.
The pair had founded the home in 2005 with one premise but the growing number of children under their care necessitated an expansion of facilities.
Duchess Camilla was briefed on The Lost Food Project founder Suzanne Mooney before meeting the beneficiaries and patrons of the home.
Jacinta told Malay Mail the Duchess spent time with the children, engaged in some activities with them and personally served them lunch, which consisted of white rice, chicken curry and fried cabbage.
“Her Royal Highness is very passionate on welfare and expressed the need to feed children in need…she personally took part in serving the children.
“The Duchess was amazed and thrilled that Malaysia continues with this initiative. She loved chatting with all the children and had an interesting experience today,” she said.
Jacinta added that after waiting for the visit in nervous expectation, all present were pleasantly surprised by the warm demeanour of the Duchess.
“We were struck by how down to earth and warm she was. We didn’t feel out of place despite her standing as a member of the world’s most prominent royal household,” she said.
“In fact as she was leaving, her car made an about turn and she came out and told us that she would call on us again during her next visit to the country. We feel extremely honoured by her presence here and hope to see her again.”
Jacinta’s granddaughter Ariana Shine Lewis presented Her Royal Highness with a bracelet.
“The children also presented Her Royal Highness with a drawing of a peacock that they did with their thumbprints, and a scrapbook,” she said.