While the rest of the world jollied away on Christmas, my other half and I decided to pay a visit to an Orphanage in Jinjang. Having read about their plight via an email forward, we knew instantly that a visit filled with goodies was a must! More so to commemorate the X’masy spirit of giving.
This orphanage or Ashram is currently managed by 24 year old Praveen, a site supervisor who takes on night shifts sometimes to generate more income. He decided to start this noble deed after finding an orphan rummaging through a garbage bin for food.
Hubby chatting with Praveen
Praveen told us that currently they don’t receive any sort of government funding or help (no surprises here really!) However doctors from the Ministry of Health do come around to do a monthly check up on the kids, who are all healthy and very well disciplined I might add. The kids range from as young as 1 month old to 21 years of age with 2 single mothers and an elderly folk taking refuge here.
The boys room
This tiny space is the room for 14 girls who share only 2 beds
The house is of wooden structure with asbestos roofing. They currently have no proper toilet facility however thanks to a kind soul, 3 toilets are currently in progress.
Praveen’s main concern right now is raising funds, RM7.5k to be exact so he will be able to send 23 kids to school next year. Breakdown of school fees as follows:
(Kindergarten 1 x RM450 ) + ( Primary school 17 x RM300) + (Secondary 5 x RM400)
To generate more income, he has allowed collectors to use his site to discard iron scrap metals which the rubbish collectors have agreed to clear once work is finished. The site right now is a sight for sore eyes with flies and filth surrounding it, but he has no choice as it’s a mean for more $.
He needs about RM8-10k a month to run the place. On a good day, he receives help from people who donate money and food while most of the time, he has the burden and task of raising the money all by himself. Food is never enough here hence the kids have vegetarian meals on most days. Meat/Chocolate and the types of food we have (and take for granted) are a rare luxury to them.
Unloading the goodies. Ignore the tyres!
A basket full of goodies from Sunday shopping in Tesco
Awww group picture
Having forward this email to my dad who then passed it on to his friends, I’m happy to know that there are Malaysians who are willing to help without looking at skin color and race. A few of dad’s friends have come forward with a cheque of more than RM2k with many of them determined to meet the RM7k target. All they needed to know was that this wasn’t a scam and after sending my ‘report’ with pictures as proof to them, hope this materializes. Soon. They need all the help they can get.
Besides that my Hubby is trying to get Shell to sponsor new roofs but he’ll need to submit a report soon.
For those who want to make a slight difference in this world, you may bank in to:
Sithamani Divine Life Ashram Rumah Kebajikan
BANK SIMPANAN NASIONAL (BSN) :A/c no. 14100-29-00049447-0
Kindly call/text Praveen at 0169046358 to let me know you’ve banked in. He will mail out a receipt to you should you need one as the Ashram is registered.
Hubby and I meanwhile will continue to donate monthly and do all we can to highlight their plight to the proper authorities because NO ONE deserves to live in such a condition.