During the month of Ramadhan, organisations had ramped up their efforts to do more charity drives in order to provide for those in need by preparing themselves for the Raya celebrations.

Project Amal by Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce was created with an aim to provide basic necessities for around 30 underprivileged families across two districts and delivering zakat to the families in preparation of the Hari Raya celebrations.

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According to Dk Hanna Afiqah binti Pg Hassanal Ali Saifuddin, Relationship Manager at Brunei Malay Chambers of Commerce, the families were chosen through the use of social media and a list provided by the Department of Community Development.

The basic necessities given to the families were a bag of rice and flour, few canned foods, dried noodles, cooking oil, bottles of water and juices.

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“During Ramadhan this year, there were a lot of circulated messages of families with barely any basic necessities, so we took some into consideration to help them during this charity drive,” said Hanna.

Other than to help with the underprivileged families with their raya preparations, Brunei Malay Chambers of Commerce also took the opportunity to talk to the families on whether starting a business is an avenue for them to help the family move forward.

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Sutera team went to join the Brunei Malay Chambers of Commerce on their donation drive to Belait district, where one of the highlight was presenting the house keys to a newly-built bungalow for a 84-year-old woman named Hajah Basiah Lasim.

Before moving to the new house, Hajah Basiah lived in a run-down house for 14 years with unsanitary conditions. Upon knowing about this, the organisation funded the project to build a new house along with the help from the team from Project Bina Ukhwah.

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“It took the whole month of Ramadhan to build the bungalow from scratch, and with the supervision of Project Bina Ukhwah on the house, it is now ready for the family to move in – just in time for Raya,” mentioned Hanna.

Hajah Basiah was all smiles when the entourage went to give her the keys to her new home and mentioned that she was eternally grateful towards the organisation for helping her from moving from their old run-down house of 14 years and building a new house for her family of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Just seeing the smiles from the face of families receiving the alms from the organisation made the charity drive worthwhile. Doing good deeds should be something that is done all year around, not only during the month of Ramadhan. Brunei Malay Chambers of Commerce hopes that they will be able to do more of these donation drives in the future.