Eureka! Underprivileged children get to attend tuition classes

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Wong (third left) hands over money to SK Combined headmistress Saftuyah Adeng for the school’s Eureka programme while Fatimah (fourth left) and others look on.

Wong (third left) hands over money to SK Combined headmistress Saftuyah Adeng for the school’s Eureka programme while Fatimah (fourth left) and others look on.

KUCHING: Society of Urban Poor (SKUP) is collaborating with SK Combined Kuching to organise a Eureka programme which will begin in May this year.

It provides tuition classes for underprivileged children as an after school programme. It will have three classes with five students in each class.

The children will be provided with meals when they stay back for tuition,” said SKUP secretary Col (Rtd) Fabian Wong during the presentation of 1AZAM certificate and sewing machines to the remaining graduates from batches 11 and 12 at SK Combined Kuching at Jalan Eastern Park on Thursday.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah who was also present at the function said Sarawak would receive RM40 million this year from the federal government.

She said RM20 million had already been allocated and used under the 1AZAM programme while another RM20 million would be given after the election.

The money would be used to help 5,000 participants throughout Sarawak register under the eKasih programme.

“That is why we need the money so that we can help another 5,000 participants this year from the 31,637 eligible and hardcore poor registered under eKasih who have yet to receive help under 1AZAM programme.”

According to Fatimah, each participant would be allocated RM7,000 under the 1AZAM programme.

“1AZAM is a very systematic way of helping the poor and it involves documentation and monitoring and we hope that 5,000 participants can be helped this year.”

The 30 participants undertaking a sewing course received their certificates and a sewing machine each to help them start their own small businesses to raise their income and get out of the poverty cycle.

One of the programme participants from Kuching, Hasimah Foji, who works as a security guard, hopes to start a small sewing business to earn extra income.

Also participating in the programme was Dimpil Mary Nyabet from Padawan who owns a small catering business.

She hopes to start a sewing business venture with her husband who encouraged her to participate in the sewing programme.

“From this programme, I hope to get a side income to support my family by starting a business venture with my husband,” she said.