PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many but it has also inspired innovative solutions among the Gamuda Inspiration Award (GIA) winners in helping the vulnerable.
Yayasan Gamuda head Ts Sharifah Alauyah Wan Othman said it was the aim of the foundation to empower agents of social change in order to improve the lives of others through sustainable and extensible community-building efforts, particularly in socioeconomic development.
She said over the years, they have witnessed the positive and impactful progress of past GIA winners such as Kedai Jalanan, Barefoot Mercy, Umie Aktif, Sujana Mohd Rejab, Seven Tea One and PWD Smart FarmAbility in solving various issues.
“Their resilience in responding to societal needs has enabled their beneficiaries to continue thriving despite the challenges.
“Undeniably, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented worldwide challenges.
“While it has greatly impacted the lives of many, it has also inspired creative and innovative collaborative solutions among our GIA winners in helping the most vulnerable.
“Their inspirational efforts, extended beyond winning the GIA award, reflects the values that resonate well with Yayasan Gamuda’s values in empowering the people for the people through adaptive resilience-building,” she said.
This year, Crisis Relief Services and Training (CREST) and Suriana Welfare Society have been selected as the GIA winners for their outstanding and inspirational community efforts.
CREST will get a total grant of RM100,000 while Suriana Welfare Society will receive RM50,000 to assist both entities in developing and expanding their meaningful programmes for the community.
Suriana Welfare Society’s efforts in protecting the rights of children and single mothers through various welfare assistance, education and upskilling programmes provide an essential catalyst in harnessing lifelong skills development, character building while promoting community unity and integration among the B40 (lower income) communities in Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya.
Sharifah Alauyah said they hoped the grant would be able to support Suriana Welfare Society in scaling up its anchor project – Play and Learn Centre (PaL) – to positively impact the B40 community with equal access to education and empowerment programmes.
As for CREST, she said their local and international humanitarian assistance through medical aid, food, water, clothing and shelter has helped various communities affected by natural disasters and crises.
“Beyond crisis relief and humanitarian assistance, CREST also empowers the communities through post-crisis rebuilding support and crisis preparedness training programmes.
“With the extra grant for CREST, Yayasan Gamuda looks forward to improving the lives of the people continuously by amplifying our GIA winners’ inspirational community impacts and communal responsibilities,” Sharifah Alauyah said, adding that due to climate change, natural disasters might be more apparent in the future.