Holistic Approach towards Ending Poverty: Socio-demographic Profiling of Charity Right Recipients in Perlis
“They showed that charity isn’t always about we giving away some cash but we also can do charity by our expressing our kindness towards others.”- IIUM Student (Participant of Foster Family Program Perlis)
That’s probably one of the biggest gems the participants of IIUM-MMM Charity Right Community Engagement (Foster Family) Program gain during the three days event that had taken place in Perlis from 14th to 16th February 2020.
Apart from exposing the students on the reality of the less fortunate people on the ground, the aim of the foster family program was to map a socio-demographic profiling of the family of recipients of Charity Right: Feed to Educate Program. During this engagement and stay, facilitators need to complete a set of questionnaire, which include sections on education, financial, and health background of the family involved.
Upon the success of the first program, all stakeholders involved realize the need to ensure the continuation of the program and making sure that more families are involved. Upholding the spirit of Leaving No One Behind and Rahmatan Lil Alamin (mercy to all mankind), the second program was conducted with more participation from the students. The duration of stay with the foster family has been made longer to provide ample time for the facilitators and the family to build rapport thus ensuring the richness of the data collected which will help in understanding the full picture of the socioeconomic and health background of the family.
As we successfully conducted the program and strengthen our profiling database, we are now moving forward to involve more stakeholders especially the related agencies and community leaders to discuss on the long-term solutions for the problems. Clearly, eradication of poverty and zero hunger are not achievable by just giving stipend or other ‘quick fix’ solution. Various stakeholders need to be hand in hand in achieving these goals.
Our heartfelt gratitude to the agencies involved in ensuring the success of this program; Mercy Mission Malaysia,Majlis Agama Islam Perlis, Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Keria and Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpang Empat.
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