Children's home desperately needs second vehicle for day-to-day running

KUCHING: A new charitable home for Muslim needy and orphaned children, Rumah Amal Nur Murni, is in dire need of a second vehicle.

According to the home’s deputy manager Kamariah Amboala, the existing 12-seater van is presently placed in Matang where the boys stay, while the home for the girls in Batu Kawah does not have any vehicle.

“We’re operating between the two houses. In times of emergency such as when children in Batu Kawah suddenly fall sick at night, we cannot immediately send them to the clinic. We have to wait for the van in Matang to arrive.

“We also use the van to buy food and send the children to school in Stapok, Batu Kawah. We have to make many return trips every day, which can be inconvenient at times,” she said.

Therefore, their immediate need was to have a second vehicle either a van or car, she told The Star yesterday.

Businesswoman and home principal Rosita Akil founded the establishment in 2009 with the support of few like-minded people who believed in helping the needy through their own initiatives.

It is registered with the Registrar of Societies as “Pusat Jagaan Nur Murni” and it is under the patronage of Nur Murni Welfare and Education Body in September 2010.

It aims to provide a safe abode and education to Muslim children who are either orphaned, come from destitute families, being raised by needy single mothers or those with disciplinary problems.

Eighteen girls are housed at the bungalow in Batu Kawah while 19 boys are in Matang.

Kamariah said the home’s monthly operating cost amounted to about RM19,000 including allowances for workers, schooling expenses, medical treatment and rental, the last of which for the Batu Kawah home alone cost about RM1,000.

She hoped that generous individuals or corporate bodies could help to sponsor these expenses.

“The house for boys is donated by someone through wakaf (property bequest),” she said.

Kamariah said they depended on public donations to keep the two homes running and occasionally, children would help out by performing nasyid at various events or through invitations.

“Through these performances, we would get some donations from the public and organisers. The children are very talented and those who need us to perform nasyid can contact us,” she said.

Recently the children from the home were treated to a day of shopping for new clothes and shoes for the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The outing at Boulevard Shopping Mall here was courtesy of RTM Sarawak, Butik Almas, Tunas Enterprise and Boulevard Department Store.

The state national broadcasting station and its partners held the community-based event “Program Titipan Kasih” as part of their corporate social responsibility in helping the needy during the fasting month.

The programme was also supported by Citra Asli, Abadi, KUBSB, Mira Cake House and Leema.

After the shopping spree, 30 orphans aged between two and 17 from the home broke fast together with the home caretakers, RTM senior officers and staff members and those of its partners at the mall.

The children were also presented with duit raya while the home received donations in the form of food stuff for its daily operations.

Rumah Amal Nur Murni also has several regular volunteers who give moral support, guidance and tuition to the children.

Those who wish to know more about the home can contact 082-454 094, or reach them via email or Facebook page Rumah Amal Nur Murni.

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