THE last few months have been a testing time for 62-year-old S. Santhosham as he not only lost his job as a lorry attendant but was hospitalised following a stroke.
The father of two from Seremban was at his wits’ end to provide for his family when his employment was terminated last December, and before he could get another job, he had to be warded in February because of the stroke.
Since then, the family has been relying on his 55-year-old wife P. Sandrakhanda, who works at a nasi campur restaurant, to put food on the table.
She also has to provide for a 26-year-old special needs daughter and a 19-year-old son who is unemployed.
When property developer IJM Land came to know of the family’s plight, it decided to step in and help.
IJM Land senior general manager Datuk Hoo Kim See said the family was immediately selected as the recipient of its “Bringing Life to Ordinary Spaces” myHome annual programme where the company would, among others, help refurbish their home.
“We came across this family’s plight during a Deepavali charity programme and were told of the poor conditions they lived in.
“So we decided to provide them with the most basic necessity, which is a safe and well-equipped home, ” he said.
IJM Land, in collaboration with its partners HHR Setia Sdn Bhd, Jotun Paints (M) Sdn Bhd and Golden Hover Group of Companies, helped refurbish Santhosham’s house.
“The works included upgrading their kitchen and bathroom, installing a new water tank, fencing, repainting the house, adding fan points with fans as well as plug and lighting points and other repairs.
“The cost was about RM30,000, ” Hoo said, adding that the family was given refurbished furniture, including sofas, coffee table, kitchen cabinet, wardrobes and dining chairs.
IJM Land also paid the family’s outstanding electricity bill and provided them with groceries as well as face masks and hand sanitiser.
Hoo said the programme was IJM Land’s core corporate social responsibility activity, which was in line with its “We Make Good Better” motto.