MIRI: A local man, John Away, will have his dream realised by Naim Group of Companies as his strength of character and love for his family helped make him a recipient of the group’s ‘Better Homes’ corporate social responsibility project.
The project, launched recently in collaboration with the Sarawak Welfare Department, aims to build dream homes for selected less fortunate community members in the state.
Naim’s regional general manager Abang Mahathir Mohamed said John was a unique case due to his perseverance in trying to improve his living conditions despite his hardship.
“John has demonstrated true grit by taking proactive approaches to provide for himself and his family despite all challenges. We commend him for all he has done.”
Abang Mahathir told that John, a middle-aged worker, spent more than 10 years building a brick house for his half-paralysed wife.
“Every penny saved was spent on building a proper home for his family. However, with his asthma getting more frequent due to his work and age, he felt he may not be able to provide the dream home he envisioned for his bedridden wife.”
According to John, “I’ve been working on this project for over a decade, as it has been my dream to provide a brick home for my family.
“Despite not knowing how to build a house, I took the initiative to ask construction workers on how to do piling and other construction works. However, with my age and health catching up, I feared that the dream to have the house built was growing ever more distant.”
When told that he would be receiving Naim’s assistance in building his dream home, a misty-eyed John was quick to thank Naim.
‘It truly was a prayer answered when Naim reached out to tell me that they have selected me as the recipient for this programme.
“I’m still in shock that a big company like Naim is willing to help me out. With the completion of the house, my promise to provide a better home for my family can be fulfilled and I can spend quality time with them in a more acceptable living space. I cannot thank Naim enough for their aid!’
Naim’s ‘Better Homes’ corporate social responsibility project is part of the Group’s 25th anniversary celebration, with community engagement and enhancement being the focus of the celebration.