My family is in the preparation of moving to our new home. Over the weekend, while I was "spring cleaning" my closets, I managed to "weed" out some clothings and usable items that were no longer needed, that include quite a number of gifts from friends and relatives for my baby's full moon party. She is already 2 years old now and many different brands of shampoos, lotions, talcums and diapers are still in its "packed" condition. Further to that, I also cleaned up my working dresses and suits with matching bags and belts which practically stayed untouched from the day I conceived my baby girl. Seeing myself not returning to the working environment in the future, I might as well just give these clothes away instead of hanging them in the closet collecting dust.
So, Ti-Ratana will be an ideal place, I thought. A place that houses orphans, old folks, handicapped and also a shelter for destitute women. Hopefully my stuff would be of use to some of the residents there.
Ti-Ratana Welfare Society is run by a council of Volunteers and the Founder, Ven.K. Dhammaratana is the Chief Monk of Malaysia from the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple.
Ti-Ratana is located at 16105-16107, Jalan 13 B, Salak South Bahru (Desa Petaling), K.L.
It comprises homes to an orphanage for 75 boys and 56 girls ranging from a few days old to 17 years, 2 old folk homes for 27 women and 16 men with the oldest being a 96 year old and a home for abused and unwed mothers.
Apart from running these homes, Ti-Ratana also operates a Mobile Medical Clinic with the sponsorship from the Lion's Club Serdang. The mobile medical clinic is manned by volunteer doctors and nurses, who visit squatter and remote villages to provide free medical check-ups and medication.
Ti-Ratana also run community centres which concentrate on community services to the neighbourhood and welfare projects for the poor and needy. The welfare projects include food and medical distributions to victims of natural disasters like war, flood and the recent tsunami. Ongoing community services are vegetarian lunches on the first and fifteenth of the lunar month, recycling campaigns, counseling and discussion sessions, various exercise and martial arts classes and language classes.
There are three centres located at:
17, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar
18-19 Jalan Besar, Ampang
12A&B, Jalan Kasawari 5, Klang
Two other centres at Jalan Penchala and Sri Gombak will be operational in the near future.
Ti-Ratana is a well managed charitable organisation. Many activities are planned and carried out thru out the year for the benefit of the needy. Under the guidance of Ven.Dhammaratana and with the teaching of the Buddha as its platform and "compassion" as it guiding principle, Ti-Ratana aims to be a centre of hope and a sanctuary for children, young people and senior citizens, regardless of race, religion and faith.
Ti-Ratana has a Wish List for:
1. Counselor for boys and girls
2. Sponsorship of daily meals for children and senior citizens and vegetarian lunches
3. Medication e.g. Panadol, gauze, plaster, adult & baby diapers
4. Volunteer lawyers, teachers for tuition and handicraft classes, nurses, child minders
5. Volunteers for welfare projects and community services
Ti-Ratana Welfare Society
Persatuan Kebajikan Ti-Ratana
Lot 16105-16107, Jalan 13B
Salak South Bahru
57100 Kuala Lumpur