MKM donates dried food to needy families

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Council of Social Welfare (MKM) donated hampers of dried food yesterday to two needy families in Kg Anggerek Desa and Kg Pulaie.

The first house the NGO visited yesterday belonged to a foreigner named Zulkiflee who lives with his wife and five children.

According to a member of MKM, he is unable to fully provide for his family due to his small income.

“They’re living in a rented house, he has to pay the rent from his own salary, and it’s not enough (money) to raise five children and pay the rent,” said an MKM member did not want to be named.

In the second house, they met with Nor Lailawati Mohd, a mother of eight whose husband works as a fisherman.

Her eldest child, who was 13 at the time, drowned while fishing last year in April. Her youngest child is only nine months old.

She added that her family is currently quite stable even though they sometimes struggle to earn enough to feed the whole family.

Nor Lailawati expressed her thanks to the government and MKM for providing the aid, adding that she is currently receiving an educational allowance for five of her children from the Community Development Department.

Speaking on the sidelines of the visits, MKM Vice President II Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Perkasa Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Mahdini Dato Paduka Hj Basir said the NGO’s aspiration is that by doing some form of publicity, it will foster public awareness.

He added that members of the public can help by working together and coming up with a charity event or fundraiser to help these families.

According to one of the MKM members, the needy families whom they donate to are identified by a member of MKM who works in the Community Development Department.

“Basically, this is part of our ongoing activities to try and identify those families in need of assistance,” said Pehin Dato Hj Mahdini.

He said MKM donates dry food to needy families every month throughout the country.

“On Sunday, we’re going to Temburong to deliver goodies and hampers as well,” said Pehin Dato Hj Mahdini, adding that he is looking to visit five houses in Temburong.The Brunei Times