Let's go to Taman P. Ramlee, Setapak, for a visit to Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim dan Saudara Baru Shifa'. The house is a stone throw from the Museum P Ramlee, and is only two minutes from bustling Jalan Genting Klang, left turn after Courts Mammoth if you're from KL travelling towards Wangsa Maju.
The objective of the founder, Kak Thom @ Hjh Thom @ Che Tom Binti Hj Ujang, is to help orphans and give them a better shot at life, and alleviate their hardship while helping their poor caretakers (usually grandparents or single mom) by taking away another mouth to feed. It's a noble aim.
The house has 16 wards, and like other charity groups or welfare houses in KL, is always in need of all contributions.
At the moment, of course the number 1 requirement is as always, cash. The long school holidays means that the new school year is upon us, which means requirement for schoolbooks, fees, uniforms and whatnots.
Also, for those in charge of their company's corporate CSR, the house is in need of large amounts of cash to be able to purchase a new building. Now they are renting, and the house owner will be upping the rental soon.
Also in need is wet food. The house receives plenty og dry foods from lovely KL Citizens and companies - rice, onions, salt, sugar etc is in good supply, but wet foods are the one taking up a lot of the house's money.
In particular, Kak Thom said that they need a kind-hearted sponsor for daily supply of chicken for the 16 occupants. They need 4 chickens a day, that would mean 120 chicken per month. The sponsor can arrange for the provision of chicken from the wetmarket close by. Of course we can just give cash for her to buy teh chicken. This is for those people who may doubt whether the money passed will actually go to buying chicken, so to prevent any allegation, those with doubts may just arrange for the chicken to be delivered with the chicken man.
Let's all help. These kids don't have fathers. Many leads a traumatic life. At least if they get to eat the way our children eat, we may introduce some happiness to their life.
All questions you can ask Kak Thom herself at the numbers below, and any contributions to the accounts below. (Check first because I actually got those numbers fro an independent blog).
Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim dan Saudara Baru Shifa'
No. 5, Lorong Bunga Cina, Taman P. Ramlee, Setapak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 017-3387959 (Kak Thom)
Nama akaun: Persatuan Kebajikan Teratak Shifa KL/SEL
Nama bank: Maybank (cawangan Setapak)
No akaun: 514066-429233
Akaun CIMB: 1438-0005685-05-9