54 un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren take part in out­reach pro­gramme

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Irene C re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHING: Fifty-four un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren from Kudei and Sun­gai Apong took part in an out­reach pro­gramme at HAUS KCH in con­junc­tion with Malaysia Day cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day.

The pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by Projects for the Peo­ple (PP), is themed ‘Per­sonal Hy­giene’.

“The chil­dren are among the most im­pov­er­ished in Kuching City and we are grate­ful to So­ci­ety of Kuching Ur­ban Poor to be given the op­por­tu­nity to serve this un­der­priv­i­leged group,” said PP co­or­di­na­tor Vicky Ang.

“Our theme fo­cuses on per­sonal hy­giene, a vi­tal topic for aware­ness. The ab­sence of per­sonal hy­giene brings many prob­lems. Be­ing sick is never an op­tion for a poor per­son and with­out main­tain­ing their per­sonal hy­giene, the pos­si­bil­ity of an ur­ban poor child get­ting sick is very likely.”

The out­reach pro­gramme kick-started with lively en­er­gis­ers and warm-ups led by MCs and pre­sen­ters Karen Li­jong and Melissa Ra­manair. They then delved into the topic of ‘What Is, Why It Is Im­por­tant and How to Main­tain Per­sonal Hy­giene’, in flu­ent Ba­hasa Sarawak, to en­sure the un­der­stand­ing and fo­cus of the chil­dren on the topic.

Fun ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure re­ten­tion of the dis­cus­sion in­cluded an ac­tion-song par­ody ver­sion of ‘Baby Shark Doo Doo’, en­ti­tled ‘Clean Our­selves Doo Doo’; as well as an art work­shop led by lo­cal artist and poet, An­gelina Bong. They also got free hair­cuts and cake for Septem­ber ba­bies and to cel­e­brate Malaysia Day, and a goody bag filled with per­sonal hy­giene items to prac­tise what they have learned at the event.

Haus­keeper and co-founder of HAUS KCH, Syed Rusy­die said: “Projects gear­ing to­wards so­cial to­geth­er­ness and aid­ing the im­pov­er­ished sec­tors are wel­com­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­ber bod­ies of HAUS KCH to reach out to those in need. We are pleased to live up to the prin­ci­ples of HAUS while play­ing our parts to make this pro­ject an ap­plaud­ing suc­cess on our coun­try’s birthday.”

The chil­dren are among the most im­pov­er­ished in Kuching City and we are grate­ful to So­ci­ety of Kuching Ur­ban Poor to be given the op­por­tu­nity to serve this un­der­priv­i­leged group. — Vicky Ang, Projects for the Peo­ple co­or­di­na­tor

Sem­pu­rai (seated, cen­tre), Jus­tani (seated, third left), and Sedi (seated, third right) are seen in a group photo.

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