FOR Muslims around the world, this is a time for spiritual reflection and growth while bringing families and friends together.
However, there are some who are struggling to make ends meet.
In light of this, IJM Land Seremban 2 initiated its “Program Mesra Ramadan” to ensure families could observe the holy month more comfortably and celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Through this programme, IJM Land identified three underprivileged families in Seremban to receive basic necessities, including grocery items worth RM700 such as rice, cooking oil, cookies and noodles, in addition to duit raya of RM800.
The assistance was aimed at easing their financial burden so that they would be able to have a more meaningful and memorable Raya.
IJM Land Bhd senior general manager Datuk Hoo Kim See expressed hope that the contributions would bring more joy to the families while inculcating the value of sharing during Ramadan and Syawal.
“Underprivileged families rely heavily on food aid and contributions from well-wishers to get through the day.
“With this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we want to reconnect with the community to let them know that we are here for them.
“We hope to lift their spirits during these tough times, when most of them are struggling, ” he said.
The recipients included Samsul Kamarudin, a 44-year-old security guard who has diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
He along with his wife Salina Abu Bakar, a 40-year-old housewife, and their 12-year-old twins — both of whom have cerebral palsy — are also beneficiaries of IJM Land’s Home Rehabilitation Programme 2019.
IJM Land also helped Erowan Mohd Noor, 47, who suffers from a structural discrepancy and has to support his wife Noorraini Yahya, 42, who is a stroke patient, and their three children.
The third recipient was Nurul Huda Abdul Azis, 36, a single mother who works part-time to support her two children.
In addition, face masks and hand sanitiser were also distributed to the families in view of the rising cases of Covid-19.
“With the uncertainties brought about by the ongoing pandemic, people who are already struggling financially have to bear more cost because of the standard operating procedure we all have to adhere to in public areas.
“Thus, we believe this contribution will help them during these trying times.
“We are committed to helping those who are less fortunate to live comfortably and bring positivity into their homes.
“We are glad to have this privilege to help the community in improving their lives and we hope to continue this effort to benefit society, ” said Hoo.