Aminah Abdul Rahman
Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 2003
Her Husband died more than 22 years ago, leaving her to take care of a son and two daughters. At that point of time, they were between 8 to 13 years old, and were in the difficult years between primary and puberty. She also had to take care of her parents and her brother in-law who lived with them.
Without financial resources, Mdm Aminah was forced to leave the security of her flat to work in a factory for three months before becoming a cleaner at a school and doing other part time jobs as well. This meant that this young lady returned home daily completely worn out but was still not able to rest as she had to do the house chores and attend to the needs of six people.
In between jobs, she checked on her children and ensured that they were always ready for classes and had done their homework. To complement her meagre income, she had to seek help from a welfare organization. She felt humiliated when being interviewed by welfare officers and hoped that her children would never have to face such a prospect.
Realizing the importance of education as she only received primary education, she never stopped pushing them to persevere in their studies. Indeed two of her children received tertiary education. All are doing fairly well.