| Azaraimy HH |
SOME 17 undergraduates currently on holiday from their studies in Australia and New Zealand lent a helping hand to underprivileged families in the Tutong District yesterday by cleaning their homes, as the Department of Information’s ‘Overseas Brunei Darussalam Undergraduates Civic Village Programme’, which involves partaking in community works.
One of the students, Nurul Syahirah Azimah binti Hj Abd Aziz, who is enrolled at the University of Otago in New Zealand, detailed how the activities she engaged in opened her mind regarding the welfare of the less fortunate in Brunei Darussalam.
The programme allows for individuals like herself who reside in a more urban surrounding, in this instance Kg Pengkalan Gadong, to be exposed to the living conditions of the less fortunate, and as a result she has become more sensitive regarding the affairs of such people.
Studying dentistry, she expressed her hope that upon graduating she will be able to contribute to the country and that she feels more appreciative of her living situation, which will encourage her to study harder.
She shared that she also learnt more about the current affairs of the local communities in the country, believing that a programme of this nature can impart a sense of responsibility on participants towards society at large.
The community works the participants engaged in included a cleaning campaign at three sites: the residence of a senior citizen in Kg Keriam, the home of an underprivileged family in Kg Penabai and at a herbal plantation at Bukit Bendera.
The students were joined by several members of a volunteer group based in Tutong, officials from the Tutong District Office, village heads and penghulus, as well as personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department.
The students as a group felt that the activities were a good way to work alongside others in the spirit of goodwill toward a community.
According to a spokesperson from the Tutong District Office, this is the first time the programme was held in the district and was based on a ‘Back to Nature’ concept.
The students also attended a briefing on the situation faced by the less fortunate by representatives from government agencies, took part in sporting events and religious activities as well as visited Tutong’s One Village One Product Gallery.