Single mother expresses joy over renovated house

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SINGLE mother, Nisah Kula, can now raise her three children in a safer and more comfortable environment following the handover of her newly renovated house, yesterday.

Nisah, 43, received the keys and certificate to her house yesterday from Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar, and Brunei-Muara Distict Officer Hj Jamain Hj Momin, respectively.

“I feel blessed and thankful to His Majesty the Sultan and the Government of Brunei Darussalam for lending a helping hand to my family and me. With our new house we can now live a more comfortable life,” said Nisah tearfully.

She had been living with her children in their run-down house, which was owned by her late father, before assistance came.

“The renovated bungalow has three bedrooms, and my children can have their privacy compared to our old house where we slept together in the one-room house,’’ she said.

Her daughter, Nur Syazwani Sarozi, expressed her joy upon knowing that she did not need to go out of the house to go to the bathroom anymore.

“Last time, we had to go out of the house to go to the bathroom as it, including the toilet, was located outside the house. Furthermore, we didn’t have any bedrooms. Now, I can have my privacy in the comfort of my home,” said the eldest sibling, who has two younger brothers.

“I am now working part-time to help my mom support our family. Sometimes, when I am free I will help my mother in selling bananas and some vegetables at the nearby stall,” she added.

According to Nisah, she does not encourage her family to depend solely on assistance provided by His Majesty’s government.

“I appreciate so much that we can now live more comfortably. Now, I will work hard to accommodate our daily necessities by selling bananas and fresh vegetables. I don’t want to depend so much on the government, as they have already helped us a lot,’’ she said.

The cost of renovation of Nisah’s house is estimated at $40,000, and the housing assistance was derived from the zakat funds allocated by the Brunei Islamic Religious Council.

The Brune-Muara District Office acted as the coordinator and project manager of the construction of the house.

The renovation of the house is part of the government’s efforts in easing the pain and hardship suffered by the poor and needy by improving their well-being and welfare.

The Brunei Times