Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) is relentless in its pursuit for excellence through its many outreach programmes. The foundation has just ventured into the teaching of handicraft as a means to help the underprivileged and the marginalised to be self-sufficient. It has acquired the expertise of Halina Buang of 1Skill Consultant from Rapat Setia to teach single mothers, the mentally and physically handicapped and selected individuals from within the Orang Asli community in the state, the fine art of bead-making.
The two-day programme was held at the foundation’s multi-purpose hall in Greentown Business Centre recently. The launching ceremony was graced and officiated by Datin Seri DiRaja Sharipah Zulkifli, wife of Chief Minister, Dato Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir. Sharipah is also the President of Baiduri, the Association for Wives of State Representatives.
“This well-conceived programme is set to make an impact as it’s a skill-based initiative done with the best of intent,” she said in her opening remarks. “The skill acquired by participants will help them generate money, which in turn will make them self-sufficient.”
Hairul Anwar Mohamad Noor, YBU’s Corporate Services Manager, echoed the sentiments of Sharipah by reiterating the benefits that could be derived from the programme. “Bead-making is an infant industry but the potentials are huge. Beads can be sold as souvenirs and as religious items. The benefits, therefore, should not be overlooked,” he told Ipoh Echo. “YBU has identified the likely target groups to be taught the skill in bead-making,” he added. It would definitely go beyond the present group of individuals who were picked based on their dispositions.
In realising the objective of turning the skill into a money-spinner, the foundation has taken steps to market the finished products through its network consisting of corporations, state religious departments, tourism agencies and traders. They will also be sold during government-sponsored seminars and road shows locally and abroad.