MIRI: General Electric (GE) presented a contribution of RM48,000 to MyKasih Foundation to support 50 secondary students of SMK Subis here under MyKasih “Love My School” bursary programme.
Present at the cheque presentation ceremony held at SMK Subis here were GE Malaysia chief operating officer Azli Mohamed and MyKasih Foundation Trustee Siti Khairon.
“GE, in support of the nation’s mission to end education inequity, is proud to be part of the MyKasih ‘Love My School’ programme.
“This initiative, coupled with our on-going partnership with Teach for Malaysia, will be the true measure of our business here in Malaysia”, Azli Mohamed said in his speech.
Students from low-income households adopted under the ‘Love My School’ programme received assistance in the form of bursaries via a contactless MyKasih smartcard.
Once the students are registered under the programme, accounts will be opened under the students’ MyKad in the MyKasih system into which a spending allowance of RM40 will be deposited twice a month.
The students can withdraw money using their MyKasih student smartcard to purchase school books and stationery from the school bookstore, as well as daily meals from the school canteen.
The bursary scheme is subject to annual review where students’ academic performance is assessed.
Also present at the event were SMK Subis headmaster Albert Ong Ngee Hong.
MyKasih Foundation chairman and co-founder Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat said: “We are pleased to partner with GE to deliver their charitable giving directly to beneficiaries in a targeted, secure, efficient and transparent manner.
“MyKasih’s cashless method of aid distribution gives the donor the assurance that funds are delivered to targeted recipients and are used for their intended purposes.
“Through the bursary programme, students from poor families receive much needed financial support for daily meals and learning necessities, which, in turn, will give them a better chance at completing their education and building a better life for their families.
“We hope other companies will be inspired to come forward to collaborate with MyKasih Foundation, as we continue to help more families and students here and the region,” added Dr Ngau.
Since its inception in 2009, MyKasih Foundation has reached out to more than 230,000 low-income households in over 400 locations nationwide, out of which, 11,000 are primary and secondary student beneficiaries in 200 schools.
To-date, more that RM180mil worth of aid has been channelled to targeted beneficiaries using the MyKasih cashless payment system.
Source: The Star