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These days, there are far too many unsettling reports of young unwed mothers abandoning their newborn babies, some even driven to taking the lives of these little innocents. This is an issue society and the government just cannot downplay. Many factors come into play here, but what could be of immediate help is to set up more sanctuaries for these unfortunate women, shunned by their own families, to seek instant help, instead of resorting to desperate measures.
One such shelter is ‘Rumah Kita’, a non-governmental organisation, set up in 2015 by the late Vimmy Yasmin Abdul Razak for not only unwed mothers, but also those involved in incest and who have nowhere or no one to depend on. There are no entry requirements and monthly expenses of at least RM8,000 and daily necessities are mainly donated by the public. The operation of this Sanctuary, located in a huge densely-populated enclave of Kuala Lumpur, is run entirely by volunteers and residents, under the able hands of their present director, Puan Suraya Razak. To date, this Home has managed to save 52 women and 54 illegitimate babies.
The Muslims have just celebrated Hari Raya Mubarak. Hence, in this season of giving, the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur (IWCKL) made a beeline for this shelter to offer some support for their noble deed. Twelve members, headed by Honorary Member Toh Puan Aishah, President Jinny and Project Coordinators, Puan Sri Nora Marzuki and Past President Puan Robin Lokman, spent about 90 minutes learning more about the challenges they face and the stigma some have to live with. They came bearing gifts, such as packs of baby diapers, formula milk, dry foods, cooking oil, detergent, toiletries, head scarves, batik sarong and goody bags for each resident, as well as two pre-loved portable sewing machines. For good measure, IWCKL supplied two huge boxes of dressed chicken for their meal. Past President Elena too kindly donated a big box filled with brand new milk bottles and teats. In addition, each resident and child was handed a packet of ‘duit raya’, much to their delight.
It was a humbling visit to see the little ones toddling about, some in peaceful slumber; the young ladies with growing bellies living through each day, knowing that soon they will have to leave the Home, face the world all the more stronger because of this one unfortunate experience.
After partaking the extensive spread prepared by the residents, with the likes of Laksa Johor and many other local delights, the members took their leave, with the earnest hope that society will not judge them too harshly and be more forgiving.
To all members of the Club who generously donated towards such a deserving cause, to Puan Sri Nora and team who tirelessly sourced for the huge array of items, our sincere and grateful thanks indeed. Truly a project like none other.