Syazwani Hj Rosli & Wani Roslan
Various establishments and organisations are stepping forward to make donations in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadhan.
Every year, The Rizqun International Hotel conducts a Berbuka Puasa ceremony with orphans. However, in view of the COVID-19 outbreak and mass gathering restrictions, the initiative was conducted differently this time around.
This year, 780 orphans from religious schools across the nation (under the Islamic Studies Department) were selected to receive sembada rice from The Rizqun International Hotel.
The Administrative Director of Abdul Razak Holdings presented the donations to religious school representatives from all four districts, during a ceremony at the hotel on Monday. The sembada rice will be distributed to the students by their religious teachers.
Meanwhile, WeCare (KamiPrihatin) recently collaborated with Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM) and Maybank Islamic Berhad to provide 50 Asnaf families in Brunei with basic Ramadhan necessities.
Bruneians donated over a span of five days, allowing the organisers to meet their target and subsequently start purchasing the packages. The execution of Sungkai Prihatin included the purchasing, packaging and distribution from April 17-22.
Each family received BND70 grocery vouchers, five Saahtain ready-made meal packs and a 1.3L hand sanitiser from a collection point.
Families with transportation issue received help from WeCare to purchase their list of necessities using the grocery voucher.
Apart from Brunei, the partnered organisations (IRM and Maybank Islamic Berhad) contributed RM2.9 million to be donated to 150,000 underprivileged families across 10 ASEAN member countries.
Social distancing was practised during the execution of Sungkai Prihatin in compliance with the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) guideline in taking precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic.
Families shared their experience with WeCare volunteers during the brief meet. Some discussed the negative economic impact the pandemic has dealt them; losing their source of income after having to close shop and stay home.
WeCare hopes to reach out to more underprivileged families amidst the COVID-19 crisis. It is currently conducting the ‘Bruneians 4 Bruneians’ project, where the proceeds will be used to provide basic hygiene necessities to those financially affected by the outbreak.
Meanwhile, Lotus Light Charity Society (LLCS) and Persatuan Kereta Tahan Lasak Brunei (PKTLB) embarked on a Ramadhan Charity Drive to help 39 underprivileged families in the Brunei-Muara and Temburong Districts.
LLCS and PKTLB hold the Ramadhan Charity Drive annually. LLCS Honorary Secretary Peng Eng Lee expressed gratitude to the leadership of PKTLB for their coordination, and to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports officials and volunteers for their support.