FAQ

Are all the residents of Darul Ihsan orphans?

No. We have a mixture of residents who are either fully orphans, or has one parent who has passed away, or parents who are missing, incarcerated or unable to care for them due to their financial or housing situation.

Do the residents have family members or other relatives outside the home?

Yes, all our residents have family members or relatives who reside elsewhere. Our residents do not stay with their relatives permanently due to various reasons such as, lack of space, poor financial status, or other personal matters.

When will they be discharged?

There is no fixed age for discharge. Residents are discharged once there is a suitable place for them to be discharged to and when their family members are able to take them back or when residents are able to fend for themselves when they have begun working.

Age group of the residents.

Currently the residents are aged between 9 to 21 years old.

How is Darul Ihsan Orphanage funded?

Darul Ihsan Orphanage relies on donations from the public and support from MTFA to maintain its operations.

How come they have Home Leave?

As most of the residents have relatives living elsewhere, they are allowed to go back during the holiday period to spend time with their families. This assists with maintaining the family bond and allowing the children to experience a different environment.

Do they go to the mainstream schools?

Yes. It is a requirement that all our residents who are of schooling age go to mainstream schools.

Do the residents receive Zakat?

Our residents do not receive Zakat. This is because they receive full assistance from Darul Ihsan Orphanage. As such, they do not qualify under the 8 Asnaf. Furthermore, their families do not receive Zakat because the children are cared for by Darul Ihsan Orphanage. However, Darul Ihsan Orphanage provides care to the families of our residents, through constant communication from our Case Workers.

How can I volunteer?

  • You are most welcome to volunteer at Darul Ihsan Orphanage by downloading the volunteer application form by clicking the link below. Please take note that volunteers are required to be screened by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) prior to starting their volunteering activity.
  • Volunteers will undergo an induction training session to ensure that they are fully briefed about the rules and regulations of volunteering at Darul Ihsan Orphanage.

Can the residents be adopted?

Our residents cannot be adopted as they already have family members and relatives residing elsewhere.

Are they allowed to attend marriages/functions/events?

  • Our residents are allowed to attend external events so long as there is an accompanying officer from Darul Ihsan Orphanage. Interested parties send their invitations for events via email to adminMTFA@mtfa.org.
  • The number of events that residents will be able to attend will be adjusted accordingly due to the examination or home leave period.

Types of activities / events preferred by the residents.

You are welcome to invite our residents for events that fall within any of the below categories:

  • Religious / educational / motivational / healthcare talks or programmes
  • Sporting activities
  • Shopping trips
  • Recreational activities such as visits to Singapore Places of Interest
  • Educational trips to museums, historical sights, farms, schools

Please do not hesitate to contact us at adminMTFA@mtfa.org if you have further enquiries or other events that are not related to the above-mentioned activities for which you would like to invite our residents for.

Can I walk-in for interactions?

All interaction requests are subject to approval from the Chairman of Darul Ihsan Orphanage. As such, no walk-in requests are allowed for interaction. You may submit your request for interaction with the residents via email at adminMTFA@mtfa.org.

What is the address of the orphanages?

  • Darul Ihsan Orphange (Boys) – 5 Mattar Road, Singapore 387713.
  • Darul Ihsan Orphanage (Girls) – 23 Wan Tho Avenue, Singapore 347552.

Mixed boys and girls in 1 building

We run the Darul Ihsan Orphanage in two different premises. One for male residents and one for female residents.

What is the age limit if I want to admit a child into Darul Ihsan Orphanage?

Residents may be admitted into Darul Ihsan Orpahange between the ages of 7 to 12 years old.

Any fees paid for the residents in the orphanage

Residents and their family members do not need to provide any funds to support the child during their stay in Darul Ihsan Orphanage, as there are funds set aside to support the resident holistically during their stay in Darul Ihsan Orphanage.

What does the case work unit do?

  • Admissions – Case Workers liaise with various social service agencies within the community to get suitable referrals for placement in the Orphanage.
  • Case Management – the case of every admitted resident is managed by the Case Worker. Case management involves the formulation of their Individual Care Plan (ICP) to ensure that every area of development of the child and youth are met holistically, regular counselling to address presenting issues that residents bring with them during admission or new issues that may arise during their placement, clinical therapy by agency partners and discharge planning to reintegrate them back into their family once their care plan has met its goals.
  • Documentation – all aspects of case workers functioning are well documented and stored in respective residents’ case files for agencies’ reference, inspection and audit purposes.

What is the daily and weekly routine for the residents?

  • Residents are provided with a daily home programme to ensure that they are informed about the activities that are prepared for them.
  • Residents are also provided with a weekly events list to inform them of the events that are planned for the week and the names of residents who are involved in each of the specific events.

What type of donations are accepted?

  • You may call our number to make a booking to donate cooked meals for our residents.
  • You may visit either of our premises to donate other staple items such as biscuits, cereals, milk, oil, canned food or other food items.
  • You may also visit either of our premises to drop of items such as stationery, hygiene products or new clothes suitable for children.

Daily opening hours

Darul Ihsan Orphanage (Boys)

  • Main Office is open from:
    Mondays to Thursdays: 8.30am to 6pm
    Fridays: 8.30am to 5.30pm
    Alternate Saturdays: 8.30am to 1pm
    Closed on Sundays
  • There are Welfare Officers on duty 24 hours should you require further assistance

 

Darul Ihsan Orphanage (Girls)

  • There are Welfare Officers on duty 24 hours should you wish to donate money or donation-in-kind.

Number of residents currently residing in each orphanage.

  • Darul Ihsan Orphanage (Boys) has 21 boys aged between 10 to 21 years’ old
  • Darul Ihsan Orphanage (Girls) has 26 girls aged between 10 to 20 years’ old

Do we provide religious education / programmes activities / events

  • All our residents are required to go for external Madrasah programmes. Their programmes are catered to their ages and it is fully funded by MUIS.
  • Furthermore, our residents are taught to read the Qur’an or Iqra during daily Tadarrus sessions in the Home premises by the Welfare Officers.
  • Residents also participate in weekly Tazkirah sessions whereby they watch religious educational videos to learn important life lessons / values.

Are residents provided with academic assistance?

All our residents go to mainstream government schools and are provided with additional educational programmes either in-house or in their schools such as tuition, study periods, assistance of volunteers and reading programmes.

If I want to give a cheque, for donation to the residents / Home, who should I attention it to?

  • Donations to Darul Ihsan Orphanage: The cheque is to be made payable to Darul Ihsan Orphanage.
  • Donations to the residents’ accounts: The cheque is to be made payable to Darul Ihsan Orphanage – Residents’ A/C

How are my donations spent?

  • Darul Ihsan Orphanage relies on public donations to fund its’ operations. Therefore, your donations are spent fully on the care of the residents.

What are the brief duties of a Welfare Officer?

Welfare Officers are essentially the parents and guardians of our residents. They care for the residents holistically to provide for the spiritual, educational, physical, cognitive and social needs. Welfare Officers are on duty 24 hours at Darul Ihsan Orphanage.

How many meals are provided per day?

  • Residents are provided with breakfast, lunch, tea break and dinner.
  • Furthermore, residents are provided with snacks and water during the whole day.

What is the admission criteria for Darul Ihsan Orphanage?

  • The children must be Muslim orphans (whose natural father has passed away) or are indigent children
  • Preferably aged below 13 years’ old
  • Studying in local government institutions
  • Singapore citizens or PR or Student Pass Holders, whose parents is /was a Singapore Citizen/PR
  • Council members may review cases and grant approvals based on compassionate grounds for those who do not meet the above-mentioned criteria

Annual activities / events / programmes for MTFA / Darul Ihsan Orphanage:

  • Maulidur Rasul
  • Iftar events
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Bursary & Scholarship Awards
  • Good Progress Award s
  • Hari Raya Gathering
  • Overseas Trip
  • Qurban Trip
  • Mid-Year and Year-End Retreat

Who do they do during the weekend?

  • Residents are required to go for Mendaki and Madrasah sessions during the weekends.
  • Additionally, when special events and activities will be organized for the afternoon and evening accordingly.

Who provides food for them?

  • Our residents are provided with home-cooked meals by certified cooks in both the orphanages.
  • We welcome food donations for our meals depending on the availability of slots.
  • If you wish to donate cooked meals, you may call us at 67477556 to make a booking to donate a meal.