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KUCHING, Oct 19: A Form Four student, Brenda Kueh has been identified as the first recipient of the “Adopt a Student” project initiated by a civil society, The Sarawak Initiatives (TSI) in collaboration with the Lions Club Kuching North (LCKN).
TSI and LCKN in a joint press statement said both parties are working together to provide financial aid in the form of a bursary to bright students who are facing financial difficulty.
They said the bursary will help the students to pay for their monthly education materials and pocket money to get them by throughout their secondary schooling years.
“TSI will work with LCKN to find ways to help bright students who are financially constrained to complete their tertiary education as well.
“TSI believes no students (should) be allowed to face any financial difficulties when pursuing a good education for a bright future.
“This is the first education project undertaken and TSI will continue to do more for deserving students from other parts of Sarawak including the rural schools,” it said.
Meanwhile TSI and LCKN added Kueh came from a mixed marriage Iban-Chinese family and she is hardworking besides doing well in her school work.
TSI said LCKN started the “Adopt a Student” project in 2019 to give financial aid and opportunities to bright students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Under the project, TSI added students will be given active mentoring by the coordinator.
It disclosed that the financial aid is disbursed once every two months and the recipients have to account for their spending by keeping a record of it.
TSI said its collaboration with LCKN came into reality when the immediate past president of LCKN, Connie Yeo suggested both LCKN and TSI work together to achieve this common objective.
Thus, TSI added by early 2020, the first recipient of the project, Kueh, a Form 4 student was identified and adopted.
On another note, TSI said it will also organise student counselling sessions and talks on career paths and the various academic courses students may wish to learn more before embarking onto a tertiary education.
It added the welfare of community is a major focus of Lions Club International and LCKN has two signature projects in the form of Diabetic and Sight First Projects for many years.—DayakDaily