MKM looking to train more youths

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THE Brunei Council on Social Welfare (MKM) is looking for young future successors who can continue their work and lead the council into the next generation.

They are also hoping to obtain the funds necessary to sustain their projects.

“As you do more, you need more funds and more people. Most of our dedicated members are the older members. We are short of a younger generation who will be able to lead the organisation in the future,’’ said its president Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Md Kassim in an interview.

She is hoping more people will be willing to contribute their time and be familiar with MKM’s work so they can take over the lead.

The NGO’s main source of funding comes from fund-raising activities every now and then, and individual contributions.

Datin Paduka Hjh Intan said no bank or big companies have offered them any financial support.

“It will be a nice gesture if some of these big organisations dedicate a little percentage of their profit to a charitable organisation like us,’’ she said.

MKM runs activities all year round, including giving basic necessities to less privileged individuals, and this year, they are hoping to expand the programme by reaching out to more.

They also have a school-meal programme, through the Fidyah Scheme, and are hoping to distribute food to two or three more schools this year.

“On this, we appreciate the support of the Ministry of Education through the respective schools for the wonderful cooperation,’’ she said.

Datin Paduka Hjh Intan said MKM is hoping to run a national seminar on poverty alleviation and empowerment in April or May this year too.

The president said the NGO is not competing with the government; but rather working in tandem with the government for the betterment of the society.

The Brunei Times