Group rescues an average of four babies a month at its hatch

KUALA LUMPUR: Every month, three to four abandoned babies are being taken in by baby-saving group OrphanCare Foundation, says its chairman Tan Sri Faizah Mohd Tahir.

As of last month, the organisation has rescued 550 babies since it was set up in 2008.

Faizah said in 2010, the foundation launched its Baby Hatch programme, which enables mothers, who could not take care of their newborns, to drop them off in a safe and nurturing environment set up by the foundation.

“We received our first baby just three weeks after the launch,” she said at the foundation’s 15th anniversary celebration here yesterday.

Of the total babies received, Faizah said some 30% had been brought home by their mothers while the rest embarked on their new journey with their foster families.

Faizah added that it was important to raise awareness on reproductive health among students and teenagers.

“We will continue to conduct talks, particularly for school and college students nationwide in hope that they will be more responsible for their choices in life,” she said.

She said that most mothers abandoned their babies due to poverty.

The identities of these mothers would not be disclosed, she assured.

She said most importantly, the babies were given a chance to live a better life while the foster families got an opportunity to love and care for an abandoned child.

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