Thinking anew about orphans and orphanages

A model baby hatch, in Germany

OrphanCARE tonight urged all orphanages in the country to work together to find loving homes for orphans in their care.

Its president, Faizah Mohd Tahir, said an institution could never replace a home environment.

She noted that most childless couples insisted on adopting newborns and very young children, while most older orphans would often end up in orphanages.

“And sadly, when they leave at age 18, they’re left to fend for themselves with no support system,” she said at an event marking the first anniversary of OrphanCARE’s baby hatch here.

The event was graced by the Sultanah of Pahang, Sultanah Hajah Kalsom, who is OrphanCARE patron.

OrphanCARE is a non-profit non-governmental organisation established in2008.

Its baby hatch, the first such facility in Malaysia, was set up to place unwanted babies in good homes.

Faizah said that OrphanCARE has so far succeeded in getting eight orphans aged between three and 12 adopted.

Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom expressed hope that more people would get involved in OrphanCARE’s activities.

— Bernama