KUCHING: A needy family, whose plight was alerted by a concerned member of the public, has received food aid from Hope Place Kuching yesterday.
A statement issued by the non-governmental organisation (NG0) said it recently provided food aid to the family of 32-year-old Tan Chiao Lee and her husband Au Boon Leong.
Au, a former contractor, began collecting recyclables as his only source of income. According to Tan, their financial situation was made worse as her husband’s income was insufficient to sustain their household in Desa Moyan with six school aged children and a newborn baby.
Meanwhile Lucy Mukah, 32, and her family receive frequent food assistance from Hope Place, just like Tan’s family does.
Lucy, who presently resides at Mile 13 near here with her husband and four children, aged from two to 18, is also struggling.
“Her husband who is only a daily paid construction worker cannot cope with the increasing expenses they have to pay regularly.
“All her children stop going to school in 2019, but the eldest son was encouraged by his teacher to sit for his SPM examination earlier this year and is in the process of applying to vocational college,” Hope Place said.
Lucy is also concerned for the wellbeing of her kids. Her entire family, including her, suffers from asthma.
The NGO is grateful to all the corporate and public donors who continuously support people like Tan and Lucy, who are struggling to make ends meet.
“For families who fall within the B40 category, the majority of breadwinners are either paid daily or unemployed.
“Currently, Hope Place is supporting 50 B40 families with school-going children in Kuching,” it added.
For further information, the general public may contact Hope Place or Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (PKHK) at 082-505987.
Their opening hours are from 8am to 5pm from Mondays till Fridays and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.
All donations are appreciated, and upon request, receipts will be provided. Donors can make direct contributions to their Maybank account at 511289001160 or using Sarawak Pay by scanning the QR code found on their Facebook page.
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