Naim lends muscle to Habitat for humanity

KUCHING: More than 50 volunteers comprising Naim Holdings Bhd’s board members, staff and sub contactors, representatives braved the scorching sun to participate in building work for Habitat for Humanity Malaysia’s Borneo Blitz Build (BBB) 2014 project at a site located at Jalan Stephen Yong here.

The group was led by Naim’s group managing director Datuk Hasmi Hasnan.

According to a press statement, Naim was the main sponsor for Habitat’s BBB 2014 project with a contribution of RM400,000.

It was a day of fun and sweat as volunteers embarked on work such as carpentry fabrication for forming beams and lintel, steel work such as bar cutting, bar bending and footing bar fabrication and painting.

General work such as banner hanging and painting of site office was also being held.

Hasmi explained that Naim’s involvement in Habitat of Humanity’s BBB 2014 project demonstrated the group’s commitment in providing assistance to lesss fortunate members of society.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Naim has always taken into consideration the interests of community in which it operates.

“We are committed to fulfill our corporate social responsibility by extending aid beyond statutory obligations and compliance with legislation.

“Most importantly, our efforts from are from our hearts. We are driven by a passion to make a difference in people’s lives and not expect something in return,” Hasmi said.

Naim was also recently adjudged the winner of the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) 2014 South-east Asia (SEA) in the Social Empowerment category.

He said staff participation in such activities promotes the spirit of voluntarism among them.

“In addition to our staff, we also extended an invitation for our sub-contractors to participate. It has been our practice to engage our sub- contractors in our CSR activities to inculcate the mindset that as business entities, we have an obligation to give back to the society within which we operate. Every bit of help, big or small, makes a difference,” Hasmi added.

Habitat for Humanity Malaysia is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global non-profit housing organisation whose vision is a world where “everyone has a decent place to live”.

Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat Malaysia works with partners, volunteers and families to build and repair homes in semi-urban and rural areas.

Since Habitat Malaysia began in 1998, it has served more than 200 families through its resource centre in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching and Kota Kinabalu affiliates.

The BBB 2014, which involved the construction of 14 houses for the needy, is the largest single project Habitat for Humanity Malaysia has ever undertaken. The houses are expected to be completed in September 2014.

SOURCE: Bornoe Post Online (24 June 2014)