DST is back with its annual Ramadhan charity drive dubbed “Ihsan Kasih”, providing household necessities to over 100 less fortunate families in the sultanate.

The initiative which started in 2007 is part of the telco’s flagship corporate social responsibility that aimed at giving back to the community and do beautiful things for them.

DST staff are seen talking with the family members of Fatin Shazrina (C) a gift recipient of Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan charity drive. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

This year, the drive which started just before Ramadhan began from Ulu Belait to Tutong and currently in the Brunei-Muara district until end of Ramadhan.

Manager of Group Corporate Communications at DST Elixsurian Hj Busu who is the project owner of Ihsan Kasih and coordinated the drive for more than a decade said that each year the project aims to reach out to underprivileged families particularly orphans, single mothers and special needs individuals.

Hindun Hj Salleh (R), a single mother, seen receiving gifts from Daniel Liew, a manager at DST, during the Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan charity drive. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“We visited these families in remote areas which are accessible by rivers and through dense jungles. Nowadays, with properly paved roads we are able to expand our journey and reach more families in the rural parts of Brunei,” he said.

Regardless of the difficulties faced throughout the journey, he added, the team is always welcomed with warmth and smiles from the families and their children.

DST staff seen carrying the gifts at the residence of one of the recipients. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“During moments like these we listened to their stories and share moments of comfort with them,” said the project owner.

For the charity drive, DST has increased its assistance from 170 families in 2018 to 210 families in 2019.

It has also partnered up with organisations such as Society for Community Outreach & Training (SCOT), Projek Bina Ukhwah and Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) while listings provided by Department of Community Development (JAPEM), Majlis Ugama Islam Brunei (MUIB), Youth Mosque Programme and hospitals.

DST staff Nurul Hayati (L) seen handing over the gifts to a recipient Hamisah Jalel, a single mother, during the Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan charity drive. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Moreover, DST continues to collaborate with local companies such as Sabli Food to supply local canned foods such as corned beef and chicken rendang, as well as local small-medium business, Syarikat R&Z Moga Jaya in Tamu Kianggeh on traditional local foods such as dried shrimp, shrimp paste and smoked fish.

Apart from the Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan charity drive, DST has supported community work through other projects with government ministries such as the SMS Brunei Prihatin for Orphans Funds and SMS Brunei Prihatin for Humanitarian Fund on Palestine Refugees.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN