KUCHING: More than 50 volunteers comprising Naim Holdings Bhd’s board members, staff, sub contactors and their representatives participated in the construction of Habitat for Humanity Malaysia’s Borneo Blitz Build (BBB) 2014 project in Jalan Stephen Yong here.
Led by the company’s group managing director Datuk Hasmi Hasnan they braved the scorching heat and humidity to ensure the project a success.
Naim is the main sponsor, contributing RM400,000 for the project.
It was a day of fun and sweat as volunteers got down to doing the work from carpentry to steel and painting of the site office.
The carpentry works involve beam form work fabrication and lintal form work while the steel works include bar cutting, bar bending and footing bar fabrication.
Hasmi said that Naim’s involvement in Habitat project demonstrated the group’s commitment in providing assistance to the less fortunate members of the society.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, Naim has always taken into consideration the interests of community in which it operates. We are committed to fulfil our corporate social responsibility by extending aid beyond statutory obligations and compliance with legislation.
“Most importantly, our efforts are from our hearts, driven by a passion to make a difference in people’s lives and not expecting something in return,” he added.
Naim was also recently adjudged the winner of the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneruship Awards (AREA) 2014 South East Asia (SEA) in the Social Empowerment category.
Hasmi said staff participation in activities as such also help to promote the spirit of voluntarism among them.
“In addition to our staff, we have also extended invitation to our sub contractors to participate.
“It has been our practice to engage our sub contractors in our CSR activities to inculcate the mindset that as business entities, we have an obligation to ‘give back’ to the society within which we operate.
“Every help, big or small, can make a difference,’ Hasmi remarked.
Habitat for Humanity Malaysia is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global non-profit housing organisation whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat Malaysia works with partners, volunteers and families to build and repair homes in semi-urban and rural areas.
Since Habitat Malaysia began in 1998, it has served more than 200 families through its resource center in Kuala Lumpur and here and Kota Kinabalu affiliates.
The BBB 2014, which involved the construction of 14 houses for the needy, is the largest single project which Habitat for Humanity Malaysia has ever undertaken.
The houses are expected to be completed in Septtember this year.
SOURCE: The Star Online (24 June 2014)