S'porean used life savings of $300,000 to help poor kids in India

S'porean used life savings of $300,000 to help poor kids in India
Singaporean Ravi Rai Manas helps Indian children with medical fees, vocational training and counselling services.

SINGAPORE - Most landlords rent out their flats to make money.

But not Singaporean Ravi Rai Manas, 51.

The $2,000 he collects monthly from his three-room flat in Clementi and donations that he gets help pay for five child shelters in India.

The shelters house 200 homeless, abandoned or impoverished children.

The money is also used for their medical fees, and provides vocational training courses and counselling services for another 400 children who drop by every year but do not live in Mr Rai's shelters.

"There are moments where you just run out of money," said Mr Rai, who founded Children Of Mother Earth (Come) in 1998, with his life savings of $300,000, which ran out four years later.

"In those times, I would call my friends in the US and UK for donations, and somehow it will work out in the end," he said.

He enlists the help of volunteers from India and overseas to conduct classes.

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