SERIAN: A non-governmental organisation, Pertubuhan Pembangunan Insan Sarawak (PPIS) gave school supplies to children from local hardcore poor families on Sunday (Jan 23) at Jun Rong Department Store here.
Its president Manjeet Kaur told New Sarawak Tribune that PPIS had been helping the needy rural kids every year through their back-to-school programme.
Manjeet with her team members – Ozie Tungging, Sim Nuing and others – had carefully screened the children to make sure the donations are delivered to those who come from extremely poor families.
The donations include school bags, stationery, Tupperware bottles, school uniforms, socks and shoes.
“These children are invited here to buy their school uniforms and shoes on the spot according to their size.
“We are sincere to help them in any way so we don’t want to simply buy these things for them regardless of their sizes,” she added.
The children who are in primary and secondary schools were bought two pairs of school uniforms, socks and shoes each with the assistance of PPIS members.
Aside from PPIS, the Malaysian Red Crescent Sarawak (MRCS) Stampin branch also joined the charity programme and donated disposable face masks and sanitisers to the hardcore poor families.
“We are not only involved in disasters, Vaccination Administration Centres (PPV) and such but also actively concerned in humanitarian aid,” said its branch deputy chairman Chew Kim Soon.
At the event, MRCS conducted a short briefing to educate the children on how to properly do handwash and to remind them to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Manjeet also called out to those wishing to donate to needy communities as PPIS also worked with the Welfare Department (JKMS) on families or individuals who needed help.
“We would appreciate if donors can come in with either kind or items,” said the PPIS president.