KUALA LUMPUR, Wednesday (14 June 2017) – The bliss of Ramadan Kareem is not just about abstaining from food and drink; in fact, it is the getting together with one’s family for Buka Puasa and performing prayers afterwards that makes it whole, or complete. While most of us are fortunate enough to be able to spend Ramadan with our families, there are some who have never had the opportunity to do so. It is with that thought in mind Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank) organizes its annual Iftar Programme for 60 orphans from Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Bimbingan At-Taqwa.
Founded in 2011 and located in Taman Putra Perdana Puchong, Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Bimbingan At-Taqwa is currently a home to about 60 orphans, aged between 5 to 18 years old. This home derived its source of income solely through donations from corporate companies, public donations as well as income from few of its residents in the surrounding area to sustain their monthly expenses.
Speaking at the event, Dato’ Agil Natt highlighted that this Iftar Programme is an annual event organized by the Bank to celebrate the underprivileged children and at the same time to contribute for their Ramadan and Raya preparations. “This event has become a tradition for EXIM Bank in the holy month of Ramadan and we look forward to celebrate many more occasions with orphanages and share the company’s success by giving back to those in need,” said Dato’ Agil Natt.
During the event, the 60 deserving children from Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Bimbingan At-Taqwa received ‘Duit Raya’ from EXIM Bank while a RM10,000 cheque was handed over to the welfare home for their up keeping and daily expenses. EXIM Bank also contributed RM3,000 to Masjid UTM. Apart from the contribution, the children were also given school bags courtesy of EXIM Bank. The contribution was presented by Y.Brs Puan Norzilah Mohammed, President/Chief Executive Officer of EXIM Bank, witnessed by Y.Bhg. Dato’ Agil Natt, Director of EXIM Bank.
This year the event was held at Masjid UTM, Kuala Lumpur attended by EXIM Banks Board of Directors, Management Committee, EXIM Bank staffs, members of the Media and local residents.
The evening tapered off with the Muslims performing the Isya’ and Terawih prayers as sign of gratitude and respect for the holy month.