MKM relocates to new office

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Council on Social Welfare or Majlis Kesejahteraan Masyarakat (MKM) will now operate from its new office following its launch at Melabau Complex, Serusop, yesterday.

MKM President Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Mohd Kassim said the new office marks a new chapter in the management and administration of the association.

The new office will primarily be used to run activities to help the less fortunate, as well as to store MKM’s files and collect donations.

Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer Misle Hj Abd Karim was present at the launch.

Previously MKM’s office was located at the Youth Centre in the capital.

The NGO had also been using the homes of its members as its office and as storage space to house essential items for their programmes.

She disclosed that generous benefactors have offered to sponsor 14 months of rent for the new office.

With the new office, MKM will be able to conduct empowerment programmes and life skills classes for their clients. The classes are scheduled to start after the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration.

The programmes and classes will touch on religious knowledge, motivation and financial management.

Datin Hjh Intan said MKM has been in talks with several other associations to discuss future cooperation in the management of the programmes and classes.

The new office will also allow MKM to reduce their operating cost and they can now conduct the empowerment programmes and classes without space limitations.

MKM also launched their Taja Keluarga or ‘Adopt a Family’ project yesterday.

MKM is welcoming donors to participate in the programme which provides food necessities to needy families.

Donors can adopt a family by donating $100 per family per month. The money will be used to purchase essential food items. MKM will contribute $30 or $50 for each family from its own funds on top of the $100 donation.

Therefore, each family will receive essential food items worth $130 to $150 a month, said Datin Hjh Intan.

The programme is one of MKM’s many projects to assist and empower underprivileged groups.

The NGO looks to address social issues of five core groups – children, people with disabilities, the elderly, poor/needy and vulnerable families.

MKM realises that this is a huge responsibility and therefore will make the necessary investigation to assess the families’ eligibility for assistance by visiting their homes and interviewing them, said Datin Hjh Intan.

MKM currently has 28 families receiving food assistance under their care. The project began as a pilot study last year.

The council also distributed donated clothes yesterday, following the success of donation drives in Temburong, Tutong and Belait.

The clothes range from formal wear to daily wear for children and adults.

“We have donated thousands of pieces of clothing and MKM is awed with the public response in the donation... and the quality of clothing donated was far better than what we received last year,” said Datin Hjh Intan.

MKM will also continue their food distribution programme for the needy this Ramadhan, serving meals to less fortunate families.

The funding for the programme will be sourced from fidyah payments or direct donations.

Fidyah is a type of payment distributed to the less fortunate to compensate for each day of fasting missed by a Muslim during the fasting month.

The Brunei Times