KUPU SB team off to Riau for charity

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A THIRTEEN-MEMBER delegation from the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) left for Riau, Indonesia, yesterday to take part in a study visit and carry out charity work.

The delegation – headed by Director of the KUPU SB language centre Dr Hj Hambali Hj Jaili – is scheduled to visit Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau and carry out charity work at several orphanages as part of their programme.

According to Dr Hj Hambali, the programme was organised as a way to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged in neighbouring countries.

He said that the situation in some countries is quite different compared to Brunei as there are still many parties that need help.

Aside from Dr Hj Hambali, the delegation is made up of volunteers comprising undergraduates from the University College.

“The students have volunteered to join the programme which is self funded, although there have been parties who have come forward to contribute to the funding of the programme... For this we are extremely grateful,” Dr Hambali said. This is the second programme of its kind, as KUPUSB also organised one last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

During last year’s programme, KUPU SB conducted visits to Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, as well as the International Islamic University Malaysia, and did charity work at Yayasan Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur and also the Rumah Anak Yatim Syifa in Gombak.

Among the objectives of the programme are to conduct exchanges of information and experience with Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim and at the same time help the orphanages who have welcomed and sought out contributions from the public.

The delegation will also be spending a night in transit in Kuala Lumpur before heading to Riau. Dr Hambali said that they will be revisiting Yayasan Chow Kit to hand out financial aid for the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Dr Hambali expressed his hope that the visit will allow the students to gain and reflect on their experience from helping out at the orphanages so that they will learn to appreciate and be grateful for what they have and become more independent individuals. During their visit to Riau, they will also be visiting several places of interest such as the An-Nur mosque which is the main mosque in Riau.

The Brunei Times