Food packs for 100 needy families

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THE Council on Social Welfare, known by its Malay acronym ‘MKM’, will be distributing food packages to 100 needy families this weekend as part of its Sejambak Kasih project, according to a representative of the organisation.

The “Sejambak Kasih” project is part of the council’s ongoing efforts to reach out to underprivileged individuals through selfless and sincere acts of charity.

The impetus for the charity began five years ago in December 2009 when the council was first established to help complement and supplement efforts on social welfare programmes, initiatives and activities made by His Majesty’s Government.

The council regularly conducts community service by reaching out to different underprivileged families in different areas each month under the Sejambak Kasih project which was launched in 2010.

The project this year kicks off with the distribution of food packs. Hamidah Lakem, secretary for MKM, said the food items were provided by a group of well-meaning expatriates who wanted to give back to the community.

“The families are all our regular clients who we provide assistance to, but for this, the expatriates approached us wanting to donate and we were more than happy to join hands with them,” she told _The Brunei Times _yesterday.

She added that the donors wanted the chance to meet the families first hand and have shown keen interest in participating in future charity projects with MKM.

The distribution will take place on February 14 and 15 in front of the Stadium restaurant.

The families will come from Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait to receive the packages.

Hamidah said MKM regularly provides food and basic necessities to the needy as part of their charity activities, but that donations from the public are more than welcome.

“Our clients usually call us if they need some assistance and we provide them necessities as and when they are needed.” She said that members of the public who want to donate can approach MKM at anytime by contacting 8770312.

The Brunei Times