In the true spirit of giving and sharing, Malaysians quickly came to the aid of residents at an orphanage in Kajang, after some of its caretakers contracted Covid-19 and one of them passed away.
There are 35 residents, with 26 orphans at the orphanage said to have been tested positive for Covid-19.
A resident near the orphanage took to Facebook to share their plight and Malaysians soon came forward with overwhelming support.
They raised more than the targeted amount of RM15,000 needed for food and medication for the residents at Rumah Kebajikan Anak-Anak Yatim Ummi Selangor.
The oldest boy is 16 years old while the oldest girl is 19.
Azaad Mohamed Ummar shared that almost all the children there were tested positive for Covid-19. However, no one is around to cook and look after them, as the orphanage’s caretaker, Tok Ayah, passed away a week ago from the same virus.
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His wife, Ummi, who also helps run the orphanage, is currently being treated for the virus at Hospital Sungai Buloh.
Azaad said the couple’s children who assisted in running the orphanage were also unable to enter the premises, as they were positive for Covid-19 and were under home quarantine.
“Ummi’s son-in-law comes by from time to time to check on the kids, but only from the outside because no one is allowed on the premises,” he said on Facebook.
Some of the items needed by the orphanage included food, snacks and mineral water to last the children for at least 20 days.
They also needed a caterer who can cook balanced meals for 30 on a budget, and deliver it to the orphanage.
After Azaad put up that Facebook post, Malaysians raised RM38,839.89 – more than twice times the targeted amount.
In a report by Free Malaysia Today, it was reported that a district health office has been communicating with one of the eldest orphans.
It was also reported that the orphanage has since stopped accepting donations as they currently have more than enough funds to provide food and medication for the children for two months.