PETALING JAYA: A brighter future beckons for B Muggnisuari and her five children, thanks to the generosity of FMT readers.
Less than a week after the poverty-stricken family’s plight was highlighted, a whopping RM430,000 in donations has already been collected.
“It’s enough for the family to start a new life,” said Suriana Welfare Society chairman James Nayagam.
FMT is collaborating with the Suriana Welfare Society, a registered NGO, which will manage the provision of assistance for the family.
Nayagam said the donations would allow Muggnisuari and her children, aged from four to nine, to move into a proper home. The family currently lives without proper water and electricity supply.
“They (the family) will have a home to call their own. The children will be able to go to school and they will have enough food for a year,” said Nayagam.
“We are currently looking into getting her a three-bedroom apartment or a house, and the new place will be fully furnished.”
Nayagam said the response to Muggnisuari’s plight had been overwhelming.
“On top of the money, there are also some 200 people who have requested to meet the family to personally hand over donations and food.”
He said there was a need to schedule visits to avoid overwhelming the family.
“We’re also concerned about people who may want to take advantage of the family, which is why we hope those looking to help Muggnisuari will reach out to the Suriana Welfare Society.
“This is especially important with food items as the family may not have the means to store it all.
“Plus, we are hoping to find them a home as soon as possible, so it would be more prudent to sort that out before taking on more donations, especially with perishable items.”
Nayagam said there were also concerns about disbursing all the donations at once. This is why Suriana Welfare Society will routinely release funds for specific purposes, like living expenses.
Nayagam said the Suriana Welfare Society would manage the donated funds in line with its usual process.
“The account will be audited by external auditors,” he said, adding that management of the funds would be monitored by the NGO’s appointed lawyers.
“A written record of donors and the amount of donations are kept, as are records of expenses.”
He said the Suriana Welfare Society has a strict approval procedure for any expenses which is overseen by a committee.