Volunteer for Projek Iqra at Baitul Ehsan

On Saturday I had the opportunity to help kids buy their Raya cloth. It was an experience of a lifetime and it’s worth repeating.

banner projek iqra

Firstly I have to thank Kak Jie for giving me the opportunity to replace her. I have to say, this is the most convenient orphanage, it was close to my old house, somewhere in between Desa Pandan and Kampung Pandan.

barisan depan, biasalah nerd

The day started with a speech by the Head of Baitul Ehsan. He told the story how the house started, that he gave away all his fortune to help these kids. There are 60 of them all together, boys and girls. First, they started renting a house (and still renting) with just 5 kids. Soon the size grew, as more parents  seeking refuge, largely due to financial constraints. Space became limited, the place was swarmed with kids. They eventually expanded to Gombak (for boys). Now they have 2 homes. In this house, they were taught to recite and remember the Quran (creating tahfiz).

pengetua berucap, rasa mcm sekolah

The kids came from various backgrounds, origin and age. There was once a 10 day-old twins, which they raised to 9 years old today. They were unwanted kids, nobody wanted to take them in but Baitul Ehsan did. I lost it the minute I reflected it to myself. Where was I all this while? How could I help? What needs helping? What’s stopping me from helping?

I couldn’t help but feel saddened as the story unfolds. I’m sure it sparked a few to continue helping these kids, I know I am.

gambar dgn anak

Anyway, our task as volunteer was to take these kids shopping at Tesco Ampang (about 10 minutes drive). We were given RM150 per kids, help them pick their raya cloth and other necessities. Aisyah and me were given 2 kids, Fadli and Aiman. Fadli has a twin brother in the same house, Aiman has a little brother too.

We created a shopping list before we head to Tesco.

sedang pilih kasut, ada budak nakal interframe

Our ride was flashy, my dad’s BMW 6-series. We wanted to change the day before, but I had Negaraku dinner and we made our move from Shah Alam, it doesn’t make sense to replace our car early morning. Thankfully our kids were tiny, easy to fit at the back. Their reaction to the car was like WOW! They were looking at every aspect of the car, window, seats, even my dad’s golf hat.

Shopping List

The shopping list was long, it means longer walks, but we’re up for it!

They were both clear on getting a robe (jubah) for Raya. After strolling for half hour, we couldn’t find a place that sells a robe for 12 year olds. They were all for adults. Our kids was ok with another option, a Kuta (Pakistani shirt, and I have no idea how to spell that). It proved to be a challenged as well. They were at the age with odd size, can’t fit kids nor adults size.

baju terlebih besar, tapi dorg suka

Eventually we got one for each though it was bigger than expected and I’ve tried reasoning with them to get a Baju Melayu instead. They loved it and I couldn’t refuse. I can now understand how hard was it for mom to pick baju raya for us.

muke senyum fadli

Shoes for Aiman was easy, he wanted a North Star, which is dead on cool. As for Fadli, he wasn’t sure what he wanted. His timid personality made it harder to understand his words but we eventually got one for him. We got perfume at Watson, and we were lucky enough to qualify for a free back pack!

beli jam dekat amoi

The watch was straight forward. Aisyah decided to pay for them instead. Aiman got one with some super lighting display, meanwhile Fadli got a G-Shock-ish watch. Aiman has a boyish-teeny personality, Fadli was at that age, an adult-to-be teen. Hence why his taste were all over the place. (I went through similar phase at 16-17!) We all know how teens are, confusing era!

Gambar dengan anak-anak

Video of the event that took place by Projek Iqra

We finally got back at Baitul Ehsan about 12.30 pm. We did manage to loiter for a while in the hall, it was very spacious, unfortunately, I forgot my camera. No photos were taken. We bid good bye and sort of forced the kids to pray for us. Haha (Doa anak yatim makbul yooo)

As soon as we got home, we went flat in the living room for hours.

It was worth it. It’s what I missed doing and should’ve done often, these little random act of kindness. No amount of money can buy that. The feeling of free from all this misery and the joy of helping others, is truly remarkable.

 

There are 12 Comments for “Volunteer for Projek Iqra at Baitul Ehsan”

baca dan tengok video pun dah sedih…

hah…. itulah apa yg pernah kak jie alami bila membeli belah utk anak-anak umur 13-15 tahun.

di bahagian kanak-kanak, saiz mereka sangat terhad dan di bahagian dewasa, saiz belum cukup besar.

take note ye ibu bapa … kecualilah membeli belah di tempat mahal-mahal. petik jari semua ada

tahun depan nak booking awal-awal

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NoktahHitam replied #1

Sedih bercampur gembira. Lepas ni pergi Tesco tu memang ada memory lain di situ.

Masa saya umur 13-15 saya adalah masalah sama juga. Pakai S dewasa lagi menjimatkan. Grow into the size

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kak jie wrote on July 30, 2013 #1

Hehe it must be a kurta you’re referring to — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurta

I totally agree on your sentiments re: these “charity” programmes / helping orphans… the #1 thing you realise when you partake in the activities is that the goodness is gained first and foremost by you, the giver, and not the receiver(s) whom you are “helping”. :’)

May Allah bless the organisers and other kind-hearted souls taking similar efforts out there. Ameen.

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NoktahHitam replied #1

Thank you Aneesah! KURTA

I agree with you. I’ve never felt such relief in a long time. Perhaps us bloggers should find time to contribute back to the community. Buat hari keluarga, amcam?

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Aneesah wrote on July 30, 2013 #2

satu aktiviti yang cukup bagus. Bukan semua yang mampu melakukannya. Semoga doa mereka kepada bro dimakbulkanNya.. ameen…

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NoktahHitam replied #1

Ameen!

Thanks bro. Dapatlah bakar lemak sikit. (Aku malas shopping time puasa, ramai orang)

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KiD wrote on July 30, 2013 #3

seronok bila dapat berkongsi bahagia dgn orang lain kan.
anak2 tu mesti akan igt sampai bila2 saat manis ini.

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NoktahHitam replied #1

Harapan begitulah.

Tahun depan nak buat lagi. Seronok gila!

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ejam wrote on July 30, 2013 #4

Allhamdulillah….ada yang sudi membantu mereka.Semoga mereka gembira dengan baju raya,masing2.

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NoktahHitam replied #1

Sangat gembira bila pulang rumah. Sibuk punggah semua tunjuk kawan-kawan lain.

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Azman wrote on July 30, 2013 #5

From the bottom of our hearts, Jazakallahu khair

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