Hulu Langat, Selangor, 6 March 2021 – When a call for donations in kind and cash for the disadvantaged Temuan Pangsun community was sent out to the INCEIF staff, students and alumni early this month, everyone was quick to respond positively. In a short time, the Committee tasked with the CSR project managed to collect clothes and blankets in good condition, infant milk powder and non-perishable foods as well as raised a considerable amount of cash from the donors.
All the items were sorted out and packed by the Human Capital team for delivery to the targeted small Temuan community at Kampung Orang Asli, Pangsun in Hulu Langat, Selangor.
Today, a group of INCEIF staff and students, led by President & CEO Prof Dato’ Dr Azmi Omar, handed over the donations to the villagers at their homes located about a 40-minute drive from the city centre. Comprising six households, the 26 residents including babies live in dilapidated houses, without basic amenities of piped water and electricity. The majority of the adults do not have full-time jobs and rely mostly on foraging nearby secondary jungle for food and items of value, a situation made worst by the COVID-19 pandemic which have restricted their movements. Even during normal times, they did not have a steady supply of staple food such as rice and for most of the households with infants and toddlers, infant milk powder.
The community caught INCEIF’s attention due to their dire circumstance, and the manageable size of its population will enable the university to take on this project for a longer period. At least until they have decent shelter and a chance to upgrade their current situation.
Apart from the collected items, INCEIF has also donated to the upgrading of the houses by repairing the roofs, walls and floors. The contractor who was hired to do the renovation and refurbishment of the houses also employed four adults from the community to work on the project which included building proper sanitary systems.
In the pipeline are the setting up of solar energy panels, a small community hall, a literacy programme and introduction of sustainable activities such as urban farming.
The CSR project is part INCEIF’s goal to be an organisation that promotes knowledge with conscience. As a proponent of equality and inclusion for all as propagated by Islamic finance, the initiatives planned for the project enabled us to practice what we believe in.