THERE are no PlayStation Portables, Xboxes or expensive toys here. Well-thumbed books and worn toys line the shelves. Mattresses are stacked in the rooms.
Apart from the clothes on their backs, there is no such thing as private property for the children. Even a toy given to a particular child is eventually shared with the others. The storeroom is filled with donated food and clothes, which are handed out to the children when their current ones wear out.
Welcome to the Infant Jesus Centre, two conjoined three-room HDB flats which serve as home to eight children from troubled backgrounds. Their parents are either abusive, in jail, ill, homeless, or unable to care for them.
Pictures and story for The Straits Times.