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Finally, a family she can call her own
November 16,2013

KLANG: There is no bigger dream for S. Uma Mageswari, who was abandoned as a baby at a garbage dump in Ipoh, than to have her own family and home.

The 24-year-old spent her childhood in a children's home after being rescued by a kind couple, and later grew up with a foster family.

"The couple surrendered me to the welfare department and I was placed at a children's home in Taiping. My foster parents were not allowed to adopt me but took me home for the holidays and during Deepavali," said Uma, adding that she yearned for a real home of her own.

She went to live with her foster family after leaving the home at age 18, and worked as a salesgirl before moving to Klang-based welfare organisation Rita Home for skills training a year ago.

Uma's dream will soon come true as Rita Home has found her a suitable groom.

We will probably have the wedding ceremony in May next year," said Rita Home founder G.Ritanamala.

Ritanamala said one of the biggest challenges faced by private welfare homes was ensuring the safety of the girls after they had turned 18 and left to be on their own.

"We don't want them to face difficulties after living in the protected environment of the home, and we try to find them suitable husbands who can take good care of them," she said, adding that the home had married off seven girls so far.

She said most of the girls who were married off had little education and were vulnerable due to their backgrounds.

Ritanamala also introduced Uma to chairman and chief executive officer of Berjaya Corporation Bhd Datuk Robin Tan, who paid a visit to the home.

The Berjaya Cares Foundation, which is the charity arm of the corporation, presented a RM80,000 industrial embroidery machine to the home's tailoring centre.

Tan also gave pocket money to the children and senior citizens of the home and hosted a lunch for them.

In his speech, Tan praised the home, saying that its management was doing a good job in taking care of the children and senior citizens.

"They are very innovative here and we prefer supporting organisations like this," he said.

Rita Home, which was established in 1997, provides shelter for orphaned, abused and abandoned children as well as special needs children and senior citizens.