RECOGNISING the plight of underprivileged communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, Hartalega Holdings Bhd is extending support through its dedicated corporate social responsibility foundation, Yayasan Hartalega.
In line with its aim of enriching the quality of life for surrounding communities and contributing to nation-building efforts, the foundation has introduced a number of initiatives.
They range from providing financial contributions to implementing programmes to support schools, empowering disadvantaged youths, as well as health education for rural areas.
“As a company that is committed to making a positive impact, we are ready to lend a helping hand, especially during these difficult times, ” said Hartalega chief executive officer Kuan Mun Leong.
Recent initiatives included supporting Malaysia’s healthcare workers by contributing over 2.5 million pieces of gloves to several hospitals and clinics in Malaysia.
Yayasan Hartalega supplied Covid-19 packs to students in rural schools in Batang Berjuntai, Sepang and Banting in Selangor, as well as Sabah. These included face masks, pocket hand sanitiser, food vouchers and a leaflet on Covid-19 preventive measures.
The foundation also supplied hand sanitiser and sanitising equipment to benefit 9,000 students from 18 schools.
Additionally, it teamed up with not-for-profit organisation Teach For Malaysia for the Learning Box Project to help students in rural areas continue learning, even with limited Internet connectivity or zero bandwidth.
The box contains stationery, activity worksheets and reference books with bilingual instructions specially tailored for pupils aged eight to 11.
The project aims to distribute 3,000 self-directed learning boxes to 500 students whose learning has been most impacted during school closures.
To date, the first batch of 195 boxes has reached students in Lawas, Sarawak and Semporna, Sabah.
To help address the growing issue of youth unemployment, the foundation partnered with the Sisterhood Alliance for the Bridge of Learning & Development or Bold@Youth programme, to assist at-risk youths.
Participants are provided with soft skills training and assisted with job placement. The project is ongoing until June, targeting 80 to 100 youths in four phases.
Yayasan Hartalega also works with Discover Muay Thai, a social enterprise organisation that aims to empower at-risk and underprivileged Malaysian youths.
An intensive four-month development programme allows them to learn values such as discipline, respect, self-confidence, resilience and leadership, followed by a post academy employment programme to pursue meaningful careers in sports and health.
So far, the programme has helped eight participants find gainful employment and continues to mentor them.
To raise awareness of good health practices among girls and young women, the foundation supports Athena, an organisation which aims to reduce menstrual poverty and educate on eco-friendly and safe menstrual hygiene practices.
Through the ongoing project, hygienic materials are supplied and menstrual health programmes carried out in B40 communities in rural areas.