By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, July 31: In conjunction with the spirit of Eid al-Adha (Hari Raya Korban), Hidup (Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Program) distributed food aid to ten (10) families at the Javanese community along the 12th Mile Kuching-Serian road.
Habitat president George Young Si Ricord Jr said some of these families were not being well taken care off based on information he gathered from the ground.
“Hidup is constantly creating an awareness movement to raise a social mobilisation at community level based on monitoring and referral network of volunteers and supporters.
“So, today, we donated these food items to the less fortunate families here so that they will have a meaningful Hari Raya Korban celebration,” said George when handing over the food items to the ten families at the 12th Mile Javanese community yesterday.
He added that the food items were donated by friends and supporters of Hidup and expressed his appreciation and gratitude for their continuous support and generosity.
“Upon seeing the condition of some of these families, making a small sacrifice should be a part of everybody’s daily activities and not merely a once-a-year contribution.
“In keeping with the Eid al-Adha spirit of sacrifice, it is hard to give up things that are close to our hearts, but that is what sacrifice is all about. The question is, are we prepare to part with a bit of our wealth to help those who are in need or freely offer to undertake charity work?” asked George.
He reiterated that life in modern society was now characterised by anti social behaviour, drug abused, mental illness, homelessness, family break-ups, teenage pregnancies, recreational sex, and abuse and neglect of the elderly.
“Sadly, we keep seeing greed, arrogance and a “me-first” attitude that puts individuals above anything else, including moral values. Some may say that, as a society, we have lost our moral bearings, and that is a frightening thought,” he said.
George said, in order to carry Hidup’s activities, they needed public support.
For further information on Hidup activities, you can follow them on Facebook under Hidup Kuching or contact 0111 8580528/0111 8990528.-DayakDaily