Keeping the orphans safe

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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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