PETALING JAYA: For the children at a shelter in Kota Damansara, their meals sometimes consist of just rice with salted fish when funds run out.
But more donors have come forward to help the shelter during the fasting month.
“So far, donors have booked 10 days to
provide meals for our 30 children to break fast,” said Pusat Jagaan Telaga Kasih Nur Muhammad manager Hussin Mohamed.
He said the children were always grateful for whatever they were served at mealtimes.
It was a happy day for them when they were invited to break fast at a restaurant on the third day of Ramadan.
The centre accepts orphans, as well as
children from poor households and broken homes after their guardians register with Yayasan Kebajikan dan Perkhidmatan Perubatan Malaysia.
The children will be sent to other homes after they complete primary school.
“We hope people can also be generous in December and January. Our coffers usually run dry then as we have to buy school uniforms, bags, shoes, books and other items, apart from paying school fees,” said Hussin.
Of the 30 children at the centre, 23 are studying at SR Lambaian Kasih in Sungai Penchala.“We only have one van to send them to the school, which is 12km away. We are in dire need of another van as it is sad to pack them all like sardines in one vehicle,” he said.
The centre is also seeking public donations to build a surau and refurbish its kitchen.
Hussin said the six volunteers at the centre were given RM400 as a monthly allowance.
“That’s all we can afford. We need RM20,000 a month to run this place,” he said.
He added that about 200kg of rice was needed every month.
“Other side dishes are subject to availability. We eat what we have,” he said.
Children who have guardians will usually return home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“The orphans and those who have nowhere to go will celebrate with me and my wife,” said Hussin.