Orphanages

Of the present orphans at the Victoria St. Convent, only two were left at the door. The rest were brought in by parents too poor to keep the children. The orphanage was founded in 1854. At present there are 60 big girls, 11 and over, 60 small girls, 10 to 6, and 110 babies, 2 days to 6 years.

Most of these youngsters will stay here till they get married or secure a position outside. The blind, the lame and the otherwise handicapped stay on till they die. All the youngsters go to school. Those who can, follow regular classes in the H.I.J. compound. Some 50 are studying at Our Lady of Lourdes. The orphans are taught, not only to read and write, but also to sew and to do housework, while the older ones help to look after the babies.
When the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus Convent in Singapore opened their gates early in the morning, they used to find newborn babies wrapped in bundles abandonE'd near the door. That was· more than thirty years ago.

Nowadays, people hand their unwanted offspring to the nuns who insist on registering them said Rev. Mother St. Charles, Superior of the Convent. The Convent Creche, which is almost 100 years old, has at present 100 babies whose ages range from a few days to several months. In addition, there are 120 older girls in the orphanage.