Citizens Journal
Thu May 09 2024

Rumah K.I.D.S.: A sanctuary of hope for abused and neglected children

Youth & Children

Originally published on Citizen’s Journal Published: May 8, 2024

Struggling children find love and a future at Rumah K.I.D.S., a Malaysian sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. This non-profit equips them with education and life skills, empowering them to thrive.

In the heart of Malaysia lies Rumah K.I.D.S., a haven for children who have suffered neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

More than just a shelter, Rumah K.I.D.S. provides a nurturing environment, education, and a chance for a brighter future.

Rumah K.I.D.S. stands for “Rumah Kanak-Kanak ini Disayangi,” a Malay phrase that translates to “Home Where the Children Are Loved.”

This abbreviation perfectly captures the essence of this haven for abused and neglected children.

Rumah K.I.D.S.: From heartbreak to hope


Panir Rajamany, a former CEO of an international joint venture, now leverages his compassion to lead Rumah K.I.D.S. This shift came after he spent time working with refugees in Australia.

He describes the difficult circumstances that bring children to their doorstep, some relinquished at birth, others bearing the scars of physical and emotional abuse.

Regardless of their background, all children arrive through referrals from the Department of Social Welfare (JKM).

“JKM takes over the child, then they notify us,” explains Panir, who took over the helm at Rumah K.I.D.S. from founding chairman Dr Henry Pillai in 2019.

“We get a court order to care for the child until they turn 18.”

These children represent the casualties of a society grappling with broken homes, domestic violence, and struggling single mothers.

Equipping for life beyond 18


Recognising that simply providing shelter until adulthood is insufficient, Rumah K.I.D.S. has adopted a transformative approach.

The home equips each child with a diploma or vocational training, empowering them with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate life’s challenges.

Success stories abound – a young woman pursuing a university degree after completing her diploma, another flourishing in the hospitality industry after graduating from a vocational college.

This dedication is reflected in their success stories.

“We’ve got at least three or four children already graduated from Monfort and they’re working,” shares Panir.

These are just a few examples of the many young adults who have gone on to pursue careers or higher education after leaving Rumah K.I.D.S.

A legacy of giving back


Over 300 children have passed through the home’s doors, finding their footing and contributing to society.

“I have a girl who has finished a diploma and is now doing her degree,” beams Panir.

“Soon, she will be working as a degree holder.”

This remarkable achievement is fueled entirely by the generosity of Malaysians.

Donations have been the lifeblood of the home since its inception.

However, the rising number of children and their growing needs for medical attention and therapy pose a significant financial strain.

A vision for the future of Rumah K.I.D.S.


The board of directors are volunteers who forgo allowances and expense claims, fostering accountability and public trust.

“Every year we have external auditors,” explains Panir.

“We’ve also had tax exemptions since 2003, allowing us to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations.”

Despite the challenges, Panir’s vision remains steadfast.


He dreams of a Malaysia with a well-structured foster care system that prioritises placing children in loving family environments.

“We cannot change society,” he acknowledges.

“But what I would like to see in Malaysia is a properly designed foster care system.”

He believes this approach offers a more nurturing environment for a child’s development.

The story of Rumah K.I.D.S. is a powerful testament to the human spirit’s resilience and the transformative power of compassion.

However, it also highlights the need for a more robust social safety net for vulnerable children.

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