BANK Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) yesterday launched its latest charity project designed to help underprivileged families in the country. "We started the 'Sirah Amal BIBD' programme before the fasting month. All the collection was managed by our Human Resource Department they were the ones who did the packing every week," the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Hjh Nurul Akmar Jaafar told The Brunei Times.
The community-based programme was initiated by the bank's CSR team with items contributed by BIBD employees through an internal fundraising.
For this particular project, BIBD enlisted the help of Greenfrog Management Services to sort the data and also identify whether the recipients were orphans or single mothers. The bank had previously joined Katak Ijau in rebuilding a house in Sungai Tampoi in July.
BIBD's Acting Managing Director, Javed Ahmad launched the programme at the bank's headquarters in the capital by handing over a hamper to Rozan Hj Kaderi, chairperson for Katak Ijau Humanitarian Relief Support Group which is the force behind the Greenfrog Management Services.
Present to witness the launching were personnel from BIBD and Greenfrog. During the event, BIBD also made a donation to the Katak Ijau Fund.
This programme was a permanent addition to the bank's annual Ramadhan projects which cater to orphans nationwide, said Hjh Nurul.
Each year, BIBD financially contributes towards the National Orphans Fund under the Community Development Department (Japem) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
"We feel that we needed to add on to the segment," she said.
Under this programme, staff from BIBD and Katak Ijau will be visiting 40 homes every Friday throughout the month of Ramadhan.
Yesterday, they distributed hampers which contain basic necessities to six houses around the areas of Kg Subok, Jln Kota Batu, Kg Mentiri, Kg Serasa, Kg Jaya Setia, Kg Pulaie and Kg Tasek Lama.
Javed also participated in the day's activity accompanied by Sheikh Hj Abdul Kadir from Katak Ijau.
"The houses that have been identified (are located) in Brunei-Muara District. We are still getting names (of people) in Tutong and Belait from Sounds of Hope (SoH) we are thinking of 20 houses. As for Temburong district, we currently do not have sufficient logistics. This is our first time but at least we know what to expect next time," said Hjh Nurul.
"I hope that thesirah or journey for this worthwhile cause will open the eyes and minds of not only our staff but also the rest of the caring community in this country. Let's all play our part in giving back to society and continue to contribute even beyond the mandate to help those in need."
According to Hjh Nurul, BIBD is planning to continue the 'Sirah Amal BIBD' programme throughout the year, possibly once every two months.
The bank is also hosting a charity iftar event for residents of Taman Nurhidayah, a welfare home for abused women and children, at the end of this month.
Article taken from Brunei Times