KOTA KINABALU – More organisations should come forward to assist and reduce poverty rate in the State the Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said.
“The involvement from private organisations in helping the State Government in the development of underprivileged children in the state is much appreciated. But more can be done so we need all the help we can get,” she said in her speech at the Shaklee Cares for Our Children community programme at Promenade Hotel, here today.
Shaklee Products (M) Sdn Bhd donated RM1.5 million worth of Shaklee Meal Shakes to four schools in Sabah as part of the second phase of its community project.
The four schools were adopted by MyKasih Foundation under its “Love My School” bursary programme namely Sekolah Kebangsaan St Paul Kolopis Penampang, St Theresa Inobong Penampang, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pekan and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pekan 2 in Kota Belud.
The programme focus in providing nutritional aid to underprivileged children by working with National Council Women’s Organisation Malaysia, Sabah Region (NCWO Sabah), Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO), Partners of Community Organisation Sabah (PACOS) and MyKAsih Foundation.
Last year on October, Shaklee the community project had provided more than 5,000 underprivileged children across Malaysia registered with MyKasih Foundation’s food aid programme.
Jainab stated that children affiliated to sustained poor nutrition are at greater risk for metal and emotional health problems leading to a failure to thrive in academic.
“Nutrition and academic are inter-related; without proper nutrition its hard to concentrate in school and some of them unable to go to school,” she said.
In the effort to reduce the burden of these underprivileged families, Jainab said the government had implemented various programmes especially under her ministry.
“The government gives free shoes, uniforms, stationeries and milks to students. These assistance will help increase their (students) education performance and achievement,” she said.
Her speech was delivered by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Janet K.L. Chee. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah