Crafting chances for the jobless

(From left) Hokkien Hoay Kuan Province Wellesley honorary secretary Ang Lay Heang, Kok Sun, Chong Eng, Triple I Production House creative director Jason Ong and representative Ng Bee Lian promoting the programme at the press conference.

A TOTAL of 70 participants will take part in a handicraft training programme called ‘Project Care 2.0’ which was launched in an effort to help those who lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The participants comprise both men and women aged between 20 and 67 years old.

The handicraft programme will take place between April 11 and 24 in Penang.

It consists of three courses, namely knitting, cold press soap- making and cooking.

Hokkien Hoay Kuan Province Wellesley chairman Datuk Ong Kok Sun said that besides the jobless, the project also focused on the B40 community around Bukit Mertajam.

“Life is an endless link where all individuals and groups are related.

“All trades and industries are affected in this period of hardship, be they essential or non-essential businesses, ” he said during a press conference in Komtar.

The skills classes will be using only organic materials to promote the green vision of the state.

Penang social development committee chairman Chong Eng said the project was supposed to be carried out in November last year but was postponed due to the conditional movement control order.

“We hope that the programme will help those who lost their jobs to learn an extra skill.

“We are not only facing health threats during this pandemic but also an economic downturn.

“Most families are facing trouble earning an income and a lot of businesses are having cash flow problems, especially small medium enterprises.

“However, an individual or organisation can turn these threats into opportunities and overcome challenges.

“They need to be brave and creative.

“We hope that after learning the skills, participants can sell their handicraft to people with a higher standard of living to shorten the economic gap, ” she said.

Chong Eng, who is also Padang Lalang assemblyman, assured that the programme would be held in accordance with strict standard operating procedures.

The classes will be held at the Hokkien Hoay Kuan Province Wellesley hall.

Meanwhile, Chong Eng said that under the ‘Wanita Jana Rezeki’ programme, the Penang Women’s Development Corporation gave out grants to 10 women from the B40 community.

The funds are aimed at helping the women to generate their own income.

“Each selected participant received a grant worth RM1,000.

“They can use the funds to buy business necessities to increase their productivity, ” added Chong Eng.

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