Society looking forward to opening shelter

The Sunshine Wellness Centre at Kota Sentosa. Photo: Ramidi Subari

By Umie Syazwanie Mohd  

KUCHING: The Divine Will Society (DWS) is looking forward to opening its Sunshine Home Temporary Shelter project which is supported by the Lions Kuching Club of Kuching Oriental.

DWS chairman Anthony Bong said that the society is waiting for the opportune time for the project to take off; given that the current Covid-19 situation remains uncertain.

“Everything is in order and ready, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we have yet to open it. Ideally, we would like to see it open when the pandemic has moved onto the endemic stage.

“Apart from the shelter, our community-based social support centre will offer those in need with the freedom to move around. We will also be opening the dialysis as well as a day-care, food bank and other facilities to benefit the community,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after a visit to the project site with Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

Regarding the food bank, Bong said they named it as One World Cafe to attract the youth.

Anthony Bong

“The reason why this is called a cafe is because we want young people to become volunteers. So, if they have free time they can come over and help,” he said.

He also mentioned that the food bank will serve the needy community especially senior citizens and underprivileged families.

He added that food would be given for free who to those who cannot afford it, but the prices of food offered will be placed at a lower rate.

“We would probably get the help of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come together and contribute the free food to the needy, especially the B40 group within this area.

“We will cooperate with the relevant agencies and government to identify who are those really in need,” he said.

On the dialysis services, he said it is not for profit as they are looking to help patients regardless of their background.

“We hope that we can make contributions that will have permanent impacts on the community. This is the first step for us and we hope to encourage others to embark on a similar initiative,” he added.