Keeping the orphans safe


Almost 80 years ago, the Ramakrishna Ashrama Orphanage came into being. It has offered shelter to hundreds of orphans and other unfortunate children since then. Its chairman, K Ramasamy, shares what it is like to run an orphanage.

Situated along Penang’s Jalan Scotland, the Ramakrishna Ashrama has come a long way since it was founded in 1938. This orphanage survived World War II and the Japanese Occupation of Malaya. Since then, it has grown from a small orphanage for Indian orphans to include a primary school and a kindergarten, and today, it is no longer just a shelter for the parentless, but has expanded its role to encompass caring for underprivileged children as well.

Serving as chairman for the orphanage since 2013 is K Ramasamy, a retired headmaster with almost 35 years of service in education.

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