Ray of hope for elderly widow


KUCHING: A widow in Samarahan near here received aid from a charity organisation Hope Place Kuching.

The 72-year-old has been living alone all this while and has no immediate family to reach out to for help.

Liew Mui Yong has been living in a shed at her friend’s backyard for the past 20 years.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Liew told Hope Place that she would usually gather wild vegetables from a nearby forest to sell.

“I don’t earn much but it’s better than nothing,” said Liew to Hope Place.

She said she was grateful to have a roof over her head provided by the Kampung Mangka village head, who also pays for the utility bills and provide food for her.

Liew said she had just applied for financial help from the Social Welfare Department and is hoping for an approval soon. Hope Place is helping her by providing some basic food supplies.

For more information, Hope Place or Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching can be reached at 082-505987. Opening hours are from 8am to 5pm from Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.  

All donations are welcome and receipts will be given upon request. The public can donate directly to the organisation’s Maybank account (511289001160) or go to its Facebook page to get the Sarawak Pay QR code.

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