132 births so far at home for unwed teens

MALACCA: Sekolah Harapan, a home and school for unwed pregnant girls here, has registered 132 births since its inception in September 2010.

In this year alone, 50 teenagers gave birth to babies at the home in Jasin.

Sekolah Harapan chairman Datuk Abdul Rahaman Abdul Karim said few of the young mothers suffered post-natal complications.

He said the home was currently providing shelter to 23 pregnant teenagers 11 from Malacca, four from Johor, two each from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and one each from Sarawak, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Perlis.

“All are students and they are expected to give birth between the end of this month and June next year.

“One of the pregnant girls is to sit for her SPM examination at the home next month,” he said yesterday.

Abdul Rahaman said in 2010, six pregnant teenagers sat for SPM at the home while seven did so last year. One scored 3As.

He said currently, nine babies five boys and four girls were being cared for by their teenage mums at the home.

He said many people had expressed interest in adopting the babies but it was up to the mothers and their families to decide on the matter.

“We are proud that the home has saved 132 babies born out of wedlock from being abandoned or from an even worse fate.

by R. S. N. Murali.

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