| Hakim Hayat |
THE Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) recently concluded discussions with Haji Mohammad Salleh Primary School in Kampong Sungai Hanching for the inclusion of several underprivileged students in MKM’s School Breakfast Scheme.
MKM started the School Feeding Scheme in 2013 through funds derived from fidyah payments and donations.
Fidyah is the penalty that a Muslim should pay for the number of days missed due to ill health or pregnancy in the month of Ramadhan.
Identified by the school and verified by MKM, 25 of these students, including two from registered needy families under MKM, were chosen to take part in the scheme for a one-year period.
Under the scheme, every one of them will be allowed to purchase a drink and cooked meal for BND1 per school day from the school canteen.
Head of the MKM Children Committee Zubaidah binti Dato Abu Zar told the Bulletin that with the inclusion of this school, there are now 316 students from 14 schools under this scheme in the Brunei-Muara, Temburong and Belait Districts.
She said Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) is funding 168 students from five schools. “We are proud to say that since the launch of this scheme in 2013, MKM has served not less than 180,000 breakfasts. The only reason we are able to do this is because we have gained the public trust.
“We have pledged that there will be no deductions from the money received under this scheme, because we want all the money received to go to the children. We are happy to report that we have kept this promise.”
MKM Honorary Secretary Bolhassan bin Haji Abu Bakar expressed hope to receive more donations, so that MKM can prolong the period of assistance to the current schools and expand to other schools in the future.