This morning as I began my morning by reading yesterdays’ Malay Mail (it’s the boss’ so it’s actually yesterday’s news ‘leftovers’), an article caught my attention. It is regarding a charity home for orphans situated in Puchong. The paper did an interview with the operators of the home and found out that the home needs some financial aid to buy land for expansion purposes. The seller of the land also has given them a discount of RM100,000 out of the RM300,000 market price. Nice!
RALK an acronym coined by the operators themselves, is asking for public donations in forms of subscription to its ‘waqaf share lots’; a fund raising mechanism popular nowadays which each lot (1 square feet) sold to the tune of RM150. In real sense, donations to such a worthy cause certainly entails ‘dividends’ and in this instance a guaranteed one. RALK also is providing care to not only orphans but also poor children, single mothers and simply put “everyone who need help” according to Mrs. Rabaah Abdul Aziz, the wife of Ustaz Md Zawawi Ramlihe the principal of RALK. The duo is further supported by a number of volunteers as they manage RALK’s day-to-day administration.
The current house RALK operates was inherited by Ustaz Zawawi from his father all with the accompanying land. RALK was started in 2006 by the husband and wives together with generous volunteers. According to Ustaz Zawawi, RALK is against using orphans to sell calendars and sort to raise funds for buying land and hence the offer of waqaf share lots. The current operating costs of RALK is around RM45,000 a month but RALK is still managing it gracefully. RALK in addition to donations, also welcome donation in kind and in cases where these donated items are held in surplus, they are given out to charity organisations in need of them. A wise and thoughtful move by RALK!
Now, a quick view of RALK’s website revealed much information about RALK such as :
i. Organisation Chart
ii. Services rendered (in kind of course)
iii. Daily Schedule of its Residents
iv. Some of the activities : a. General Activities, b. Kebun Pertanian , c. Nursery Bunga.
v. Type of Help Needed
vi. Who should volunteer?
RALK also has a blog but it some updating its needed. So how one can contact them?
i. Address : LOT 115A, LORONG BISTARI 3, KG SRI AMAN, JALAN JURUTERA, BATU 13, 47100, PUCHONG, SELANGOR.
ii. No. Telefon : 03-80618050/0193349966/0163627913
iii. No. Fax : FAX: 03-80607514
iv.Email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
v. Contact Persons : Pn Rabaah 019-2227339 or En Zawawi 016-3627913
vi. Website Address : http://www.rumahamallimpahankasih.com/
vii. Blog Address : http://limpahankasih.blogspot.com/
And how one donate / contribute to the cause? (SOURCE)
i. Sumbangan melalui wang tunai atau cek bolehlah di buat atas nama
– Pembangunan Limpahan Kasih Malayan Banking Berhad, No akaun: 562777200551 (untuk baik pulih / pembangunan asrama baru)
– Rumah Limpahan Kasih Malayan Banking Berhad, No akaun: 512343531956 (makan / minum utiliti)
– Pusat Pendidikan Limpahan Kasih Malayan Banking Berhad, No akaun: 562777200627 (untuk pendidikan)
– Pengurusan Baitul Hidayah Malayan Banking Berhad, No akaun: 512343532238 (untuk kebajikan / pendidikan saudara baru)
ii. Download the form here
Below is the Malay Mail reporting of the story :
Charity home comes up with innovative idea to raise funds for new shelter
NADIRAH H. RODZI
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 07:27:00
EDUCATIONAL: (from left) Muhammad Dehya’ Fadzil,17, Muhammad Suhail Abdullah,15, Muhd Baihaqi Maa’rof,15, Muhamad Ziyad Zakaria,13, reciting the Quran
A CHARITY home in Puchong has come up with an innovative way to raise funds for a new shelter — getting pledges by the square foot of land to be bought. And so far, Rumah Amal Limpahan Kasih has managed to obtain RM130,000 for the 1,450 sq metres of land from nearby residents of Lot 115, Lorong Bistari 3, Kg Sri Aman, Jalan Jurutera, Batu 13 Puchong. With this success, the home is now seeking to expand further by getting another piece of adjacent land which is being offered for RM200,000.
Its principal, Ustaz Md Zawawi Ramlihe said the landowner discounted the land sale price to RM200,000, instead of RM300,000. “He wants to contribute to our cause.” With this offer in place, efforts have already begun to solicit the amount needed for the charity home’s extension. Said Md Zawawi: “We are against sending out the children in our home to get donations by trying to sell calenders or other items. We take pledges based on how much of the land area a donor wants to buy.” The home was started by Md Zawawi with his wife, Rabaah Abdul Aziz, together with some volunteers in 2006. Rabaah had inherited the original house and land from her father.
Rabaah told Malay Mail: “We started this home for the love of helping out people and expressing the compassion of humanity. I decided to make use of what I have by turning the house into a hostel for those in need. “This place is not just for orphans. This place is open for everyone who needs help, poor children, single mothers and those who are entitled to receive zakat, even the homeless. I just want to put the house to good use.” Over the past three years, Rabaah and her staff have been dedicating their time to the hostel. The home welcomes everyone of different beliefs as they believe that everyone is equal and should be aided when they’re in need.
“Islam encourages its followers to help those in need. You have two hands, one hand gives and another one receives. We receive rice, clothes and a lot of things. Our focus is to distribute and give these ‘stocks’ to those in need.” Rabaah explained that children in the hostel are treated like their own to ensure they get the love they need. To fill up their time, activities like citing the verses of Quran are organised. Rabaah said: “We would like to act as a platform to people who don’t have it easy in life so that they can live comfortably. At the same time, we try to plant the seeds of joy, independence and compassion in them so that when they are later doing much better in life, they will look back and also want to help people in the same way they were helped in the past when they were poor.”
Asked about the monthly operational expense, she said: “We basically need more than RM45,000 to operate monthly but Alhamdulillah (God willing), with the social work that we’re doing, we still manage to survive,” she said. More information on Rumah Amal Limpahan Kasih can be found at http://www.rumahamallimpahanasih.com or by calling 03-80618050.