Sarawak is under movement restrictions order once more. On top of the rising cases, the state had been hit by floods from the non-stop downpour on the second week of January 2021.
Not only is the start of 2021 has been so challenging, but this natural disaster also caused so much damage to certain parts in Kuching namely Satok, Kampung Kudei, Matang, and Bau. It affected the most vulnerable groups in the society.
Regardless, it is important to keep supporting each other so that we can sustain and rise up from these bleak times. With that said, here are some ways to lend a helping hand to these communities.
Leverage on your social media
In an era of social distancing and movement restrictions, how do you connect with people for good actions of fundraising effectively? The answer is social media. Social media helps everyone to know what’s going on by the minute and stay connected with the world.
It does not matter if you are an influencer with thousands of followers, or just a normal user on Instagram. With a click, you can share photos and videos to your followers and supporters on what’s going on in an area, what do you exactly need to support the communities in need.
Social media is also a good platform to ask your followers how they are coping with the current situation, and what can be helped to make things easier for them. In tough times, leverage your social media to do good.
Show support in real life
The first thing that comes to mind when incidents like this happen are usually to give out monetary donation. While making a monetary donation does help disaster victims greatly, there is more than one way to lend a helping hand to those in need of support.
Among the few ways that help aid flood relief are donating goods, volunteer in the affected area, volunteer your professional services or even offering emotional support to them.
And if you choose to donate supplies and goods, it’s good to identify and reach out to reputable organisations like SUB by BorneoTalk or Kuching Food Aid.
P/s: If you would like to help Sarawak’s communities affected by the flood, consider donating food supplies or home goods to SUB by BorneoTalk. SUB by BorneoTalk is a social enterprise that Empowers, Uplifts and Gives Back to the community. On 15th January, they distributed 70 pax of food supplies – raised from the purchase of SUB by BorneoTalk products – to the families affected by the flood in Kampung Kudei, Matang and Sungai Apong.
For more information on how to donate, check out https://www.borneotalk.com/sub-store/.
The prolonged effects of the pandemic have caused an economic downturn to not only one country, but the whole wide world. In this difficult period, the most vulnerable groups such as SMEs and local businesses are facing difficulties to stay afloat and make ends meet. And these SMEs might be anybody that you would know in real life: they might be your family, your high school classmates, or your neighbours.
To help the small business owners of Sarawak survive these next few months, let’s all take this chance to go local when we can. If you know any SME business owners that need help, support them by buying their service/products. Or you can also spread news about them through word of mouth and your social media.
At the end of the day, every little act of support matters.