KUCHING, Jan 16: To kick-start their 2020 activity calendar Hidup (Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Program) handed over school bags to students of SK Krait, near Serian recently.
This primary school of 98 students is termed as SKM (sekolah kurang murid) due to the low student population and is located about one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Kuching.
Hidup spearheaded the back-to-school campaign following a plea from a teacher to aid the less privileged students at SK Krait.
SK Krait headmaster, Tony Kumundan disclosed that there are three villages being serviced by SK Krait, namely Kampung Krait Mawang, Kampung Stumbuh and Kampung Kranji Atas.
Tony thanked Hidup for its effort to assist the poor pupils and welcomed any future joint effort with the NGO and the school’s committee.
He also informed that Japan Malaysia Association (JMA) had been working with the school and other surrounding schools within the Kampung Krait locality. JMA was established to serve the public interest by fostering the friendship between the two countries and operate mainly in four areas; friendship exchange, tree planting, publication and seminars.
Tony also invited Hidup for their upcoming fund raising dinner on the January 31 at Chung Hwa School Hall in Serian.
Funds raised will be used for basic building maintenance and upkeep such as student toilets, classroom repairs and pathways within the school vicinity.
Meanwhile, Hidup president George Young Si-Ricord Junior said his NGO will continue to be active in their commitment to raise public awareness of the plight of the less privileged students and schools within their area of service.
“Hidup will work with other civil societies, corporate bodies and political parties for the betterment of the communities,” said George.
On that note, he stressed that Hidup was willing to organise seminars and training program with parents and community leaders to empower better understanding of their respective role.
For further information Hidup can be reached at 0111 8990528/0111858 0528. —DayakDaily