Women grads set out to help poor kids

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Women Graduates Association (WGA) launched its Save Our Children project yesterday to help less fortunate children by installing its first drop box at the TAIB Insurance Office at the Beribi Filling Station.

Many more such drop boxes are going to be place all over the Sultanate, said the President of WGA Pg Datin Paduka Hjh Hairani Pg Maharaja Lela Pg Muda Abdul Kahar.

WGA, a self-financed non-government body set up in February 1990, welcomes contributors to the cause to donate items such as books, clothing, footwear, school bags and any other item that can be used for school purposes, preferably in good condition.

She said that the purpose of the project, known by its Malay acronym Pusaka, was to help and support the children of the less-fortunate families in the Sultanate who live poor conditions and are unable to afford school supplies.

"Our country will lose a valuable asset if potential students are hindered from achieving success just because of poverty or difficulties in life," she said.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports who officiated the launch of the project, praised the efforts of the WGA yesterday in reflecting a sense of responsibility, attention and care for helping children in the Sultanate.

Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah said that such efforts should be made as a good example to emulate the institutions and other charitable organisations.

"This is consistent with the objectives of the government to involve more members of the community, the public, the private sector and non-government organisations (NGOs) in Negara Brunei Darussalam to be involved in community work and provide care on the community who are less fortunate and need help," he said.

He said that the ministry was establishing more strategic partnerships with NGOs in the country to strengthen family institutions and help social issues of youth, abused wives, and unemployment among youth in the Sultanate.

"This is directed towards professionals with experience, expertise and skills in various academic and technical fields among the members of this association that can be used for community development," he said. "I hope more fields of cooperation will be in place and implemented between the ministry and WGA in the near future."

Pg Datin Hjh Hairani hopes to explore other areas such as enterpreneurship run by the WGA to obtain adequate financial resources to enable the association carry on helping less fortunate groups.

The Pusaka project, which receives support from TAIB Bank and City Neon Displays and Constructions Sdn Bhd, is the third programme under "Save Our Children" project.

The Brunei Times