Seven months after the passing of Che Rozi Azrul Che Aziz, his transit home for aged-out orphans today received help in the form of a patron, Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Sultan Abdullah.
She is the first daughter of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. She has made it her quest to help J’keb, the non-governmental foundation, in empowering underprivileged teenagers in the country. The transit home is managed by J’keb.
KUALA LUMPUR – September 18, 2019: Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan today accepted her appointment as the patron of J’keb Foundation, which assists underprivileged teenagers .
She said it was her father, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah who asked her to help the foundation and that she also believes it is for a noble cause.
“It was my father whom they (J’keb foundation) approached, but obviously he was so busy that he asked the matter to be referred to his daughter. It was my father who told me that I should do it.
“And yes, I felt that it is a worthy thing to do because they (the underprivileged teenagers) don’t get the attention they deserve and not enough people are focused on teenagers when actually they’re the ones who need the most support, ” she told a press conference at TPC Kuala Lumpur here,
Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan observed that this group of people were neither young nor old.
“They’re transitioning into adulthood. I feel they need the most support and what J’keb is doing is good.”
J’keb among others, manages a transit home for aged-out orphans, the provider of transitional training for orphans who having reached 18 years old are required to leave the welfare home and have nowhere to go.
The late Che Rozi Azrul Che Aziz, who was an orphan himself, established the home in 2006 after he saw many of his parent-less peers experiencing difficulties in adapting to life outside their orphanage.
“Most of them tend to suffer from inferiority complex when they leave their orphanage because they lack survival skills. A friend of mine was tricked into prostitution and she couldn’t escape from it, even till today,” said Azrul in an interview with The Mole two years ago
Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan also appealed to the public for donations and expressed her hope that many will attend the foundation’s crowd funding event scheduled on Oct 6.