Free milk powder from Society of Hope for kindergarten children in Paitan08/01/2021
Hadikusumo (right) handing over packets of milk powder to Sister Dorothy
KOTA KINABALU – Kindergarten children as far as the remote sub-district of Paitan, located between Pitas and Beluran, will be getting free milk powder when they get back to school this year.
Making this possible is the Society of Hope Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, which initiated the Project Hope Milk Fund before last Christmas to raise funds for the purchase of powdered milk for hardcore poor children from urban areas, children in rural communities and those from the B40 Category as listed under the Department of Social Welfare.
“It was a privilege engaging with Sister Dorothy Laudi of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC). She runs 13 kindergartens in Paitan, where access involves hours of travel on unsealed roads and boat-rides through crocodile-infested waters at a particular stretch of the Kinabatangan River.
“When the Covid situation calms down a bit, we will be visiting her with more. Every child deserves to not go hungry. And we deeply appreciate this ‘giant’ among us, a tiny, barefooted nun with a large heart for ‘my children’,” said President of the Society of Hope, Josephine Hadikusumo after presenting packets of milk powder to Sister Dorothy, here, on Thursday.
Relating her experience, Sister Dorothy told the president that when she did not have that many packs of milk, she would dilute a pack with a lot of water so that every child could have some milk.”With these packets of milk powder from the Society of Hope, I will now be able to give a pack to each of the four-year olds when school starts again,” she enthused.
Thanking big-hearted donors for their support and partnership in the Project Hope Milk Fund, Hadikusumo said their generosity enables the Society to support those whose lifework is in building vulnerable young lives.
“For as long as there are people in need during this critical time, we will do our best within our power to channel aid to them safely,” she assured.
For those who are looking to join in this effort, please consider making a donation for the second phase of the milk project. Account details are as below :Persatuan Sumber Harapan Kota Kinabalu (The Society of Hope Kota Kinabalu)Alliance Bank 101960010034339