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Readers come forward to offer help
by Amanda Yong

HER main caregivers – her mother, her aunts and a maid – have had the habit of leaving her in the lurch.

But little Sarah, 6, is not short of strangers willing to help make her young life a little better.

Two have even offered to adopt her.

Since The New Paper’s report last Friday about Sarah’s plight, nine readers have offered gifts, money and even a place in their own homes.

One of them, Mr Eddy Low, a father of two girls aged six and nine, wrote in an e-mail to The New Paper: “Can we adopt the girl? How can we help the girl?”

When told about this yesterday, Mary, the aunt now taking care of the girl, was not surprised.

“I know a lot of people who want to adopt her. Some of my friends and people I know who are childless or whose children have grown up have asked if they can adopt her,” she said.

“A lot of Indonesian maids in my neighbourhood say they want to adopt her and take her back to Indonesia.”

Sarah’s bubbly personality no doubt makes it easy for those who know her to be fond of her.

At The New Paper’s interview with Jane on Aug 6, Sarah chatted endearingly – and almost non-stop – about her favourite toys and her neighbourhood playmates.

But it was her sad situation that moved readers.

One of them, maid agency owner Vince Chan, 36, said: “Children need to have a proper education regardless of what their parents do.”

He said he had studied only up to N Levels as he “didn’t really cherish (his) studies” when he was young.

But now that he has two daughters, one in Primary 3 and another in kindergarten, he thinks that a good education is essential.

“That’s why when I read the line Sarah said (in TheNew Paper report) that she used to go to school, that really hit me,” he said.

Army officer Chng Choon Ming, 29, who has two girls, aged four and five, said Sarah deserves better.

“I feel the pain of unwanted children (like Sarah) who have nobody to take care of them,” he said.

“It’s quite cruel to do something like that.”

Ms Bernadette Chia, who offered to donate supermarket vouchers to Sarah’s family, and toys to Sarah, said in an e-mail: “I was so sad for the little girl. She is innocent and yet she is made to suffer because of bad behaviour by adults.”



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This article was first published in The New Paper.

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