Breakfast treat for over 70 underprivileged students

Fadley Faisal

The Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) will provide breakfast to over 30 underprivileged students from the Sultan Abdul Bubin Primary School in Sungai Besar and 40 from the Dato Mohd Yassin Primary School (SR DMY) in RPN Kampong Mentiri, through its Fidyah and Sedekah Breakfast Scheme.

A launching ceremony for the programme was held at SR DMY, which was attended by the headmasters and teaching staff of the two schools, along with the selected students and MKM members led by President Mohd Yusof bin Halim.

For the next two years, the students will be served breakfast at the cost of BND1 per day, on every school day that they attend.

In his brief speech, Mohd Yusof said that the scheme began in 2014, with the assistance of 59 students at a primary school in Kampong Sungai Hanching.

“Initially the funds for this scheme were derived from Fidyah payments, but when many saw the great benefits of this scheme, we began to receive donations that were not in the form of Fidyah payments,” he said.

He added that the number of students who can benefit from this scheme is dependent on the amount of donations received from the public: “In our best year, we would serve breakfast to 300 students for every school day. This year, our funds only permit us to assist 190 students per school day.

“MKM is therefore appealing for donations and Fidyah payments for this noble cause, so that more students can be assisted.”

The 190 students benefitting from this scheme are from five schools in the Brunei-Muara District and six schools in the Temburong District.

The annual cost per child is BND198, with the annual cost of the 190 students currently being BND37,620. Those interested in contributing to this scheme can contact MKM.