BDAC on the hunt for new facility

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC) is seeking assistance from the public and private sectors, as well as individuals, to provide them with a facility to run their operations.

The non-government organisation has been utilising a facility under the Ministry of Education (MoE) since 2009.

They are leasing a bungalow near the Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) without charge.

By the end of this month, BDACpresident Iswandy Ahmadsaid they will need to return the facility to the ministry as it will be used for students’ lessons.

“We are grateful to the MoE who leased it out to us with no rent. We just needed to maintain it and pay the utility bills,” he said.

Iswandy told The Brunei Times he is hoping to work with anyone to provide a place for them to continue their operations, as a headquarters is needed to carry out their meetings, programme planning and group trainings, among others.

The president said they will be able to pay rent for a facility, but not for the long-term.

“We do have some funds but I would rather have the funds used to focus more on programmes, rather than logistics. BDAC does not have direct funding from any agencies and relies on donations,” he said, adding that they also carry out fundraising activities.

“BDAC is a community-owned NGO, and while many personnel and institutions assist in our work on HIV education, prevention and advocacy, we still do not have a permanent place to call our headquarters until now,” he said.

For more information, interested parties can contact BDAC via email at penyinarbdac@gmail.com.

The Brunei Times