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House for Inanam family – thanks to NGO
Published on: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: NGO Happy Family Homes Malaysia (HFHM) banded together with the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan committee and a French international school to grant the wishes of underprivileged families in the State.

National HFHM Vice-President Joanna Datuk Kitingan said the lucky person selected in Kg Dambai, Inanam is Stanley Wong who wanted to have a house built on his land but unable to do so due to financial constraints as well as another house located in Kg Marabahai, Tuaran.

She said members from the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan committee along with 21 students and three teachers from the École Jeannine Manuel private school in Lille, France, led by Simon Cowdry, began construction of the house on Friday.

"We are building two houses this year and today's event marks a special occasion as our State Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2018 winner, Hosiani James Jaimis, who happened to represent Inanam during the competition, is able to join us.

"Also, the Unduk Ngadau committee would like to donate RM5,000 from our recently hosted charity dinner to HFHM, which will be used for the house building materials," said Joanna, who is also the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan organising chairperson.

According to Joanna, Wong's family is eligible to receive a house because they own a land and can afford the monthly fee of up to RM250.

She said the house will be completed in five months at an estimated cost of RM35,000.

Also present was Inanam Community Development Leader, Benny Chua, who officiated the programme.

Meanwhile, Cowdry said the participation from the French team was part of their Creativity Action Service (CAS) programme with the objective to encourage students to help transform the world into a better place.

"This programme is an educational trip to show how easy it is to help another person so that we can pass it on to future generations. We try to encourage students every year to participate this as a school project," he said, adding that this is the school's eleventh year in the programme.

Happy Family Homes Malaysia is a non-profit organisation formed to build homes for the needy, with support from volunteers and donors, with the hope of building a happy family, happy community and happy nation.

According to Joanna, the organisation aims to reach out and promote the culture of care in the community to those lacking a decent place to live in and to lend a hand to those in need of a safe and decent living environment.

They are also promoting the spirit of volunteerism in both local and global community as well as promoting the spirit of giving and contribution to the community. - Locksley Ng

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