Malaysians gift Indian mother of seven home and warmth

May 11th, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by admin  


Kuala Lumpur, May 11 (IANS) Community leaders, a corporate group and newspaper readers in Malaysia have pooled in resources to help an Indian origin mother of seven who was thrown out of her house recently. As a Mothers’ Day gesture, the donors arranged not only a home, but also rent for the dwelling, household goods and food for the family that was evicted for non-payment of rent a month ago.

“I am just overjoyed that we have a place to call home and I won’t have to worry about where our next meal comes from. I am so grateful,” Pushpamary was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper Sunday.

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) representative Thomas Chinniah presented a contribution of RM2,000 (approx $625) worth of daily necessities like milk powder, biscuits, chocolates, cooking oil and diapers from the company’s staff to Pushpamary and her children at the Vivekananda Home in Rembau in Negri Sembilan, southwest Malaysia.

Readers of The Star donated RM52,000 in less than a month after Pushpamary’s story was highlighted. The money raised will be kept in a trust fund managed by the Vivekananda Home and a monthly sum given to the family for their household needs.

A donor who chose to remain anonymous gave RM5,000. This will cover rent and utility bills for more than a year, the newspaper said.

In addition, staff of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) pooled their resources and donated daily necessities worth RM2,000 for Mothers’ Day.

Pushpamary’s biggest struggle was to provide food for her children - S. Theeban, 9 Theeba, 8, Puvendran, 6, Sharmila, 5, Devi, 4, Thilaga, 2, and Yugendran, 1.

“I am now able to cook simple meals and the children haven’t had to go to bed hungry. With three square meals a day, they seem more active and healthier now,” she said.

Pushpamary’s husband, who does odd jobs in Seremban, seldom returns home.

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