Bernama, January 04, 2010 18:28 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 -- The government will continue to support non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to sustain and develop programmes and facilities to help marginalised and socially vulnerable groups.
"We welcome corporations and NGOs to share with us time, energy and expertise," Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said at a Rotary luncheon talk here Monday.
She said the NGOs could complement the government's efforts and help refer people who were in need to the relevant agencies.The ministry had provided special grants to NGOs to implement their programmes and activities such as skills training, awareness and advocacy programmes which targeted women, family and community development, she said.
Chew said the target groups included women, family, children, disabled persons, the elderly, the destitute, disaster victims and voluntary welfare organisations.As of October 2009, RM4.6 million had been approved to 151 NGOs to implement programmes and activities at the grassroots level, she added.
Chew also urged corporations and NGOs to take advantage of the RM100 million pledged by the government in the 2010 Budget to improve corporate social responsibility programmes.-- BERNAMA