20 hardcore poor families benefit from pilot project


  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Sep 2006

KUCHING: A pilot project has helped children from some 20 hardcore poor families in Mukah, central Sarawak, recover from malnourishment. 

The project implemented in Kampung Penipah, Pulau Bruit, has also increased the income of the families concerned and ensured no dropouts from primary schools. 

State Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah, who is also Dalat assemblyman, said yesterday the project is aimed at addressing the health, poverty and education problems of the villagers. 

It involves the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, and the State Health and the Education departments. 

”Most of the 22 children have recovered from malnourishment while 16 of the families have had their household incomes increased by RM200 monthly when phase one of the project was completed recently,” Fatimah said. 

“There has been no dropout recorded for schoolchildren. We have achieved our goals.”  

Fatimah chaired a meeting of the Sejahtera task force, which oversees the implementation, earlier this week to review the project. 

With weaknesses in the implementation process corrected, it is hoped that phase two of the project will achieve better results. 

The state Cabinet, said Fatimah, had agreed to extend the project to other villages and longhouse settlements in Pulau Bruit.  

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