Some RM38,000 has been raised so far since the predicament of a shelter home in Kajang came to light following the demise of the owner due to Covid-19 on May 7.
The shelter home Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Ummi Selangor, which has been around for eight years, has been providing shelter for 35 children. Of that number, 13 of them tested positive for Covid-19.
Those who tested positive are now under home quarantine at the shelter while the rest have been relocated to a volunteer’s house.
The co-owner of the shelter home, and daughter of the deceased, Sharifah Umaisya Syed Abd Rahim, 39, said she is grateful for the generous donations for the home occupants' food supply.
However, the shelter home now has enough donations for food. The home would prefer if donors who still wished to donate could do so through the home’s official registered bank account.
“The public could help us set up another fund if they wish and with that money I could pay rental for the home where the rest of the non-Covid positive children are living now.
“We could also provide new set of pillows, blankets and mattress for all the children as what they have now is old and hand-me-downs from the seniors who have left the home.
“Many contacted us and told us to send the children back to their guardians, however, we are not interested in this idea because we do not want to separate them.
“Instead it is better if those who are not Covid-19 positive live together.
“We hope the public will also not term the children as abandoned (anak-anak terbiar) as this is hurtful for them.
“A news portal has termed them as such and this has affected them emotionally, ” said Sharifah Umaisya who is under home quarantine as she too is Covid-19 positive.
Her mother was just discharged from hospital care and is under home quarantine too.
Sharifah’s late dad was a former freelance journalist in his younger days.
Those interested to donate could do so at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Ummi Selangor, Am Bank account 8881008069204.