Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bella, Ntv7 highlights plight of Kids on 3rd Day of Raya 2012

by Sheila Sri Priya/ Streets NST 
27th July, 2012
(Pictures by Amir and Joe Lebosi)

HEART-WRENCHING:TV station’s festive programme focuses on 27 children at a welfare home who go to bed hungry

The Children of Teratak Nur Barakah enjoying the Domino's Pizza they requested for.
Pic by Amir Irsyad Omar
THE plight of 27 children under the age of 12  who have had to go to bed on an empty stomach was highlighted recently. 
The problem faced by the children of the Teratak Nur Barakah in Section 24 here was highlighted through an SMS.

Popular TV show Bella, a  ntv7 production, decided to highlight the plight of the   children by shooting a special Hari Raya segment.
Bella Producer was rather affected during the shoot at Rumah Teratak Nur Barakah. Pic from Ayesyah's collection
Bella Host, Daphne Iking "story tells" in between shoot. Pic by Joe Lebosi
Bella producer Ayesyah Wahab, 27, said the children from the home are mostly from poor families and children of single parents.

"The SMS which was circulated among the public regarding the lack of food in this home caught our attention.

"We decided to have an early  Hari Raya celebration with the children and highlight the problems faced by the home," said Ayesyah.

The home began its operations since late 2009 with only a few children.

However, more families began sending their children here and it had become increasingly difficult financially to run the home. The monthly expenditure is about RM10,000.

Seven of the girls are living in a house close to Teratak Nur Barakah while 20 boys are living at the official residence.

Daphne speaks to Farouk and Hidayat from Rumah Teratak Nur Beratak. The boys are best buddies. Pic by Joe Lebosi
The youngest girl is 4 and the oldest is 7.
The youngest boy is 5 while the oldest is 12.

"Some parents begged the guardians at Teratak Nur Barakah to provide shelter for their children because of poverty."

She added the children from the home can only stay there until they turn 12.

The Bella TV crew, and one of the programme host Daphne Iking, was with the  children during the breaking of fast. They were treated to Domino's Pizza and apparel from Parkson.

Daphne was exceptionally attached to this young girl because she reminds her so much of her own daughter. Pic by Joe Lebosi

"The children wanted to eat Domino's Pizza instead of ketupat and lemang. We decided to fulfil their wish by seeking sponsorship from Domino's," said Ayesyah.

Children from the home said they were happy to live at Teratak Nur Barakah. They claim they were more comfortable living than in their homes.

They did not mind having simple or no food at the home.

Guardian Zuhari Mohd Salleh said the public can contribute either cash, clothes or household essentials.

The home is at 22 Jalan Lobak Putih 24/21, Seksyen 24, Shah Alam, Selangor.

For details, call 03-5542 1313 or 03-5545 3323.

You can also visit

The special Hari Raya segment on the home will be aired over ntv7 on the third day of Hari Raya from 11am to noon.

Bella is a programme targeted at women which is shown from Monday to Thursday (11am to noon) and on Sunday (1.30pm to 2.30pm).

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