Whilst most other recipients of FINCO’s 3-months worth of food were relatively easy to deliver to, an extra effort was required to ensure groceries reached this remote community. 29 volunteers, including the headmaster, senior administrators, teachers and school staff traveled to the village using our own 4WDs with the return journey taking 6 hours. On arrival we were welcomed with huge smiles and were invited to rest for a while before we went back. The families were grateful for the assistance they received which enabled them to get through this hard time.
While we were there, we also took the opportunity to help them fill up forms for “Bantuan Awal Persekolahan”, a Government initiative to help the underprivileged children and families so that the Government assistance is accessible to the remote communities.
In addition, the children from Long Peran could not learn during the pandemic as teaching and learning sessions were held online so the teachers and staff also visited the village to distribute worksheets and notes as well as food aid and stationery.
It was an exceptionally challenging period for everyone but we hope we did our part to support the students to continue learning during the pandemic.