pisang emas dibawa belayar
masak sebiji di atas peti
hutang emas boleh dibayar
hutang budi dibawa mati
THE best THANK YOU I can give is in the form of my daily doa to the Almighty for friends who joined me in helping the 24 orphans in Kg Behrang, off Tg Malim. The first contribution to these school-going children was made on the eve of Maal Hijrah, and done with the assistance of the Pak Imam and the Mosque committee.
It was a very small do. But it's a start of what I hope, and believe, to be a journey of considerable significance to all of us involved in the project. As I said, the RM1 a day donation, which works out to RM30 a month or RM360 a year, may yet help make a difference to these children.
Looked after either by their surviving father or mother, these children will be given educational assistance in the form of tuition and skill enhancement once the infrastructure for these initiatives have been completed. InsyaAllah, there are already willing hands to make light these efforts.
For your information, these children survive on the meagre earnings of their guardian who are either odd-job workers in the kampong or employees of nearby establishments with small salaries. In the final analysis, we must all help these children to learn to fish, rather than giving them a fish a day to feed themselves.
At this point in time, I want to place my appreciation to the following individuals who have come forward to help these orphans. As most of you have indicated, you want to remain anonymous. But I feel some form of recognition is necessary. Hence, you may just find nicknames and the like.
They are: Dato Abdullah, Zainal Bo-Den, Rocky, Ashraf, Apau, Chein, Feroz, ZulB, Cik, Cha, Lan MK, Jam, Wan Sab, Sham & Jat and Sabri. A special thank for Karim Sulaiman, who is undergoing treatment for his rare skin disease at HKL. Without all of your support, it would have been impossible to start this venture.
I'll be sending each of you a text message on how you can continue to contribute. I'm keeping records of these donations, and a qualified accountant is assisting me in maintaining the books which can be viewed at any time. As I said, this RM1 a day initiative is based on trust and a shared believe that we must all do our part to help our brothers and sisters.
You can make a monthly contribution or choose to do it every quarterly, or even once a year. I hope you can join us when we hand over our next donation, hopefully on Jan 28 or 29. Soon, when the fruit season starts, I'll be inviting you to sample some of the durians or rambutans or mangosteens found in abundance in Kg Behrang.
Kg Behrang is just five minutes away from Proton City, and we must help the kampong folks realise that there are opportunities which can help improve their income and work towards a better quality of life. But that, my friends, is another initiative altogether...