UDA allocates fund to help poor via Enriching Life outreach programme

Farhana Syed Nokman

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty underprivileged children from Rumah Penyayang Nur Iman were the beneficiaries of a fund of RM10,000 from UDA Holdings Bhd as part of its outreach programme called Enriching Life.

Through the programme, UDA would distribute RM820,000 of zakat fund to those who are in need at a few locations across the country.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah said the zakat fund would be distributed at locations where there are development projects by the company.

“These locations are Bandar Tun Hussein Onn (Lake Vista housing project), Penang (Scarlet, Evoke Residence and Crescent Dew housing projects), Kuala Terengganu (Coast Kemaman commercial project), Johor (Plumeria Avenue, Neuvo and Angsana Mall), Titiwangsa and Wangsa Maju,” he said after he handed over a mock cheque to Rumah Penyayang Nur Iman’s caretaker Sharimah Ali.

Shafei said UDA aimed to reach out to the underprivileged communities and to uplift the development of Islam.

“We hope this programme will lessen the burden of the underprivileged communities,” he added.

Shafei also said UDA had contributed RM400,000 of zakat fund during Ramadhan this year and another RM60,000 to several Islamic learning centres and mosques.

Meanwhile, Sharimah said the fund came just in time for them to carry out upgrading works at the centre.

“We are in the midst of refurbishment work in order for us to get approval from the welfare department.

“We just moved into this semi-d house recently and there are a lot of work that needs to be done to this old house. The toilets need a major make-over as the toilet drainage system is clogged.

“The window grills also need to be changed with the ones suggested by the fire department for safety purposes,” she said, adding that an amount of RM15,000 would be needed for refurbishment work.

The 47-year-old also said that RM20,000 is needed monthly in order to ensure the smooth running of the centre.

“This is to pay for rent which amounts to RM3,700 and other expenses such as groceries, medical and transportation for the children,” she said, adding that the children are aged five to 17-years-old.

Established in 2004, the centre relies solely on contributions from the public.

“To make things easier, we will need another vehicle to send the children to school. At the moment, we are depending on one van and we have to make multiple trips to send the children to school,” added Sharimah. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd