Sickly senior citizen finally gets help

Hope Place handing over food assistance to Manang and his family.

KUCHING: The hopes and prayers of a sickly senior citizen have finally been answered.

Charity non-governmental organisation (NGO) Hope Place came calling recently, bringing along various contributions for the 69-year-old.

Hope Place revealed that Beti Kada, who suffers from multiple illnesses, is temporarily putting up at Anjung Singgah (social intervention centre) in Satok here.

“Beti is originally from Sri Aman. She says she has no living relatives who can assist her. She has multiple illnesses, including gout, which prevents her from walking properly.

“When we received an urgent call from Anjung Singgah, we went to deliver some items without delay, on Wednesday (June 1).

“Anjung Singgah provides temporary shelter to the homeless. It’s a governmental body under Yayasan Kebajikan Masyarakat (YKM),” the NGO said on Thursday (June 3).

Hope Place added that the Social Welfare Department (JKM) brought Beti to Anjung Singgah and “the process of registering her into the Rumah Sri Kenangan old folks  home is in progress.”

On a separate occasion, Hope Place also came to the aid of a family of six after receiving a request for assistance.

The NGO said the family faced many difficulties because they did not have any official documentation such as birth certificate or identity card.

“Manang, 43, lives with his wife Ita and their four children at an abandoned house in Mile 10 that has neither electricity nor water supply.

“Their only water source is from collecting rainwater and the family sometimes would make a trip to public restrooms to bathe.

“Manang’s four children are aged between seven and 18, and all of them have no education. Thankfully, JKM is in the midst of helping them process their registration for identity cards. Hopefully the children will have a chance for education soon.”

Hope Place disclosed that Manang used to work in construction, but he lost his job when the pandemic struck.

“The family’s only income comes from selling chickens which they rear themselves.

“We are helping the family with basic food assistance once every three months. The public who wish to contribute or donate can do so to our bank account Maybank: 511289001160 or go to our Facebook page to get our Sarawak Pay QR code.”