AT AN old wooden house in Kampung Selayang Baru, Gombak, Selangor, 40 employees of Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) were hard at work clearing the surrounding undergrowth. They were also cleaning the home of a villager there.
Out on the lawn, several boxes containing food items such as rice, cooking oil and flour, were placed on a table to be distributed to 10 needy households in the area.
This was part of Air Selangor’s corporate social responsibility initiative to reach out to the needy, which was launched in conjunction with its one-year anniversary which fell on Sept 13.
Its corporate communications head Sharizatul Elina Baseri said the company, through its Gombak region office, worked with local communities to identify households that needed assistance.
“We cleaned up the area and repaired the house’s broken roof and piping system.
“We also gave the family a wardrobe as theirs was in bad condition, ” she said.
Housewife Norlela Mohd Yusoff, 39, was moved to tears and thanked Air Selangor for the assistance.
“Before this, water used to leak into my children’s bedroom during every downpour and they had to sleep in the living room whenever that happened.
“This house has a sentimental value to me as it was passed down from my grandfather, ” said the mother-of-three.
Norlela said she and her husband Abdul Wahab Ab Rahim, 38, were informed about the visit by Air Selangor by the village head a week ago.
Elina said several programmes had been planned as part of the company’s initiative.
“We have prepared 120 boxes of food supplies under our ‘Box of Hope’ programme, to be distributed to residents of public housing projects.
“We will also conduct one-week courses for people who lost their jobs; they will be trained to become licensed plumbers, ” she said.
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