The streets of Kuala Lumpur can be hard. For some of the city’s orphaned and homeless,the ard pavement is the only home they know in their lives of desperate poverty. Kuala Lumpur has some orphanages and sanctuaries for these disenfranchised, and every Ramadhan, NUBE KLSP has organized Iftar for the orphans of one these institutions.But each year it has been progressively harder to find a home that has needed such a gesture and support. This year it looked like there would be no such traditional Iftar when along came Puan Saadiah, caretaker of Baitul Hidayah, a small orphanage in Puchong that is home to 20 boys and 15 girls between 4 and 15 years old. The youngest is a mere eight months old.
Some of the children here were orphaned at birth, and others while still small. Most of them, specially the younger ones, belong to extremely poor families.The children have had very difficult childhood thus far; those without parents yearn for that love and care;
others whose lives have been mired in poverty, just want to make it through the day. Baitul Hidaya is the only home some of them have ever known. Here they learn to raise themselves, looking after one another and the smaller ones. Food is rationed and almost everything is shared. One day, each child hopes, he or she will become something more: a teacher, a doctor, a nurse.
Puan Saadiah immediately welcomed NUBE KLSP’s offer to host an Iftar for the children. She was modest in asking NUBE KLSP to have a look at the children’s wish list, drawn up just a few days before NUBE KLSP Committee member Bro. Muhammat Yusri visited them.
The Committee and the members from various banks quickly put things together and on June 24, a small and joyous Iftar was held. The smiles and cheer on the faces of the children was all the reward we could have wished for.