The faces of the residents at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Pelangi (Pelangi Children’s Welfare Organisation) lit up with joy when they received revision books and stationery from the Council Member of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) for Zone 6 (Buntong), recently.
The home is currently accommodating 18 children and teenage girls made up of orphans and those from underprivileged families aged between six to 17 years old.
Besides that, food packs, rice and eggs were also donated under the MBI Prihatin (MBI Cares) Programme.
Chairperson of the welfare home, A Jennifer, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit them hard in various aspects, especially financially. “The donated items such as books, stationery and basic food packs help ease the residents’ burden,” she shared.
According to her, they are currently having trouble paying for the rent of the premises which has been in arrears for the past eight months.
“To date, we have used the money from public donations to cover daily expenses. Thus, we hope individuals or companies will come forward to help us,” she explained.
Meanwhile, council member M. S. Jayagopi hopes that this contribution will be beneficial for the residents throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the implementation of teaching and learning at home (PdPR).
“The MBI Prihatin programme will continue from time to time to ensure more groups affected by the pandemic receive help,” he said.
Present were Jalan Tun Razak Zone 6 Resident Representative Committee Chairman, M Ramachandran and Ipoh Barat Ulu Buntong MIC Chairman, M Muniswaran.
Anyone who wishes to donate can contact Jennifer at 017-5611767.