PUTRAJAYA: Non-governmental organisations must conduct their programmes from the ground up to reflect the needs of the community, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said such an approach would allow the locals to participate in a project and create a sense of belonging.
“If there is a sense of ownership, they will maintain and not undermine the project.
“Quite often, when the projects are implemented by contractors, the community does not feel it is involved in it,” he said at the opening of myNadi Foundation fifth anniversary celebration with the Prime Minister yesterday.
myNadi foundation, an NGO aimed at addressing issues of all races, had touched the lives of more than 300,000 people since its inception in 2009.
The NGO, which had carried out 555 projects, addresses issues related to schools, temples, religion, welfare and economic empowerment.
Najib said NGOs also played an important role in not only implementing projects but also in trying to change the attitude, mindset and values of a community.
“If they do not have the right mindset, attitude and values, sometimes they will decide to pull out from a project.
“That is why we need to do it from the ground up,” he said.
Najib also urged other NGOs to emulate the footstep of myNadi Foundation that only used 6% of its allocation on operating expenditure and administration while the rest would go directly to the projects.
“The most important thing that NGOs must focus on is the outcome of the programmes and not the number of the activities.
“If all NGOs emulate the way myNadi works, the allocation approved by the Government will definitely benefit and reach our target group,” he said.
myNadi foundation chairman Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai presented Najib with its plan for the development, teaching and learning of the Tamil language in secondary schools and institutions of higher learning.
He said it would serve as a proposal to the Government on how it could promote the use of the Tamil language after primary school level.
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