Food wastage has long been an issue worldwide, while at the same time some part of the world are plagued by poverty. Even in developed country there still exist certain group of people who are poor and less capable. With this issue going on, Yayasan Pillar decided to start the year 2019 with its effort to relieve the burden faced by the core poor families in the town: The City Poor Care Program.
This program involved 72 core poor families from 6 villages:
a. Kampung Samariang Bentara
b. Kampung Samariang Batu
c. Kampung Samariang Pinggir
d. Kampung Sungai Midin
e. Kampung Semerah Padi
f. Kampung Samariang Lama
The selected poor families were invited to attend the program which took place at the venue Dewan Serbaguna Masyarakat Kampung Semariang Lama on 26th January 2019, Saturday. Foods and basic necessities such as beef, butter, cooking oil, crab sticks, eggs, fish balls, flour, rice, and sausage were being distributed to these poor families.
Yayasan Pillar would like to thank the sponsors who are generous enough to take part in the Food Bank project used for City Poor Care Program.
Thank you to:
1. Beras Corporation Sdn Bhd(BERNAS)
2. Central Coldstorage Kuching(CCK)
3. Choon Hua Trading Corporation Sdn Bhd
4. East Asia Palm Products
5. K & L Farming Industries
6. Kion Hoong Cooking Oil Mills Sdn Bhd
7. Sarawak Flour Mill Sdn Bhd
8. YNZ Yusdha Event Management
9. and anonymous individual who have contributed for the poor.
The other community care project Yayasan Pillar was able to engage with was with the old couples in their 90ies who are left to care for their grandchildren when their sons passed away. These old folks lived in a communal home, sharing with their mentally challenged grandchildren and daughters in law.
Again their lifehood and survival needs like food depend on the financial support from the Uzbekistan government. These old couples would have to depend on sponsors and donors who occasionally contribute to pay for basic costs of living.
The Uzbekistan government, although had only over 2 years ago opened its economic door to the world, has done marvellous thing in modelling its community care program. It is more structured with qualified staff who actually work from 9am to 5pm to provide accessibility and assistance to needy members of their community. Each precinct is headed by a welfare head, here in Malaysian known as “Ketua Kaum”. This welfare head, we met and worked with is Kudrat and he takes care a precint at Shaihantogur.
Tahfiz Husnul Khotimah (bahagian cat coklat) adalah sebuah Tahfiz di sebelah rumah keluarga lain yang bersambung. Budak-budak lelaki yang tiada tempat tinggal berkumpul di bawah jagaan Tahfiz ini sambil belajar al-Quran, bahasa Arab, fardhu ain dan Feqah. Tanpa sokongan kewangan yang sangat mencukupi, budak-budak berjimat dengan hanya makan ayam atau daging pada hari Jumaat, berkongsi satu ikan di kalangan empat orang dan makan paku pakis liar yang dipetik oleh sendiri.
Tahfiz Husnul Khotimah(brown paint portion) is annexed to another family house. Tahfiz Husnul Khotimah is a place where homeless boy take shelter and learn al-Quran, Arab language, fardhu ain and Feqah. Without much financial support, boys save by only consuming chicken or meat only on Friday, sharing one fish four person and eat wild fern plucked by themselves.
Al-Faaizun adalah sebuah sekolah yang bertempat di kawasan Rampangi di mana beberapa pelajar keluarga miskin menerima pendidikan mereka. Pusat ini diuruskan oleh guru SMK Sungai Maong yang telah bersara, Ahmad Zaidi B. Hj Untong dan isterinya. Sumber utama sekolah berasal dari pencen cikgu tersebut, dengan sebab itu, keperluan asas seperti bekalan makanan dan bahan mentah amat diperlukan. Selain daripada pendidikan, pelajar bermanfaat dari mempelajari kemahiran teknikal juga melalui kerjasama membinakan pusat tersebut menyusunkan atur batu bata satu per satu.
Al-Faaizun is a school located at Rampangi area where some students of poor family received their education. The centre is managed by a retiree of once a teacher of SMK Sungai Maong, Ahmad Zaidi B. Hj Untong and his wife. By running the school mainly through his pension, the centre is in need of basic necessity such as food supplies and raw materials. Students get to learn technical skills as well by building the centre cementing brick by brick together.
Dengan kerjasama daripada Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sarawak, dan Pusat Tuisyen Mutiara Suria, program ceramah motivasi UPSR 2017 dapat dianjurkan oleh Yayasan Pillar dengan lancar demi membantu para pelajar yang datang daripada keluarga yang berpendapatan isi rumah di bawah gaji minimum untuk memperbaiki prestasi mereka.
With the cooperation from the Ministry of Education, the Sarawak State Education Department, and the Mutiara Suria Tuition Center, the UPSR 2017 motivational talk program can be organized by the Pillar Foundation smoothly to help students who come from families with low income to improve their performance.