Around 1,226 orphans registered under the Community Development Department (JAPEM) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) received donations on the second day of the presentation yesterday.
The donation handover was carried out using the drive-thru concept on advice from the Ministry of Health (MoH) to ensure social and physical distancing were practised.
In the Brunei-Muara District, the distribution was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas. Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah and Minister of Culture Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin handed over the donations to 837 orphans.
Also present were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah; Managing Director of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Mubashar Khokhar; and Acting Director of JAPEM Pengiran Siti Rahmah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh as well as officers from MCYS and BIBD.
Some 121 orphans in the Tutong District received their donations at the Tutong District Civic Centre Complex and 255 orphans in the Belait District received theirs at the Kuala Belait Conference Hall. Thirteen orphans in Temburong received their donations at the National Service Programme (PKBN) building.
Guardians who were unable to collect the donations can visit JAPEM’s branches from May 6-8 from 8am to noon.
For those who wish to make a donation, contact the Secretariat of the Orphans Fund of JAPEM, Second Floor at MCYS during office hours or donate via SMS Brunei Prihatin for Orphans Fund from now until July 31 by typing ‘YATIM’ followed by the amount wishing to donate and send to 38111 for DST and Progresif subscribers.
More details can be obtained from the Family, Women and Children Division of JAPEM at 2380704 during office hours or its hotline 141 and Talian Anak at 121.