Zurich employees come together during a selected week every year to contribute their time, skills, and resources to make a positive difference to the communities in which they live and work. This selected week is known as Zurich Community Week (ZCW).
This year, we decided to do things differently for ZCW! Hearing about the plight of Orang Asli communities around us, 70 volunteers travelled to Kampung Orang Asli Gurney in Batang Kali to build two homes for two deserving families. The build for both of the homes started on the early morning of 19th July 2019 and ended on the evening of 21st July 2019.
Each home features a foyer, a hall, three rooms, and a kitchen – providing ample space for the families especially the children when they are doing their homework.
The beneficiary of the first home is Suratman and his family. He and his wife, Rafeah, have been married for 20 years and have five children ages 8 to 17 years old. Suratman puts food on the table by selling forest product such as fruits and flowers, while his wife works as a housekeeping staff.
Zeek and Sari, together with their three children, are the beneficiary of the second home. Zeek earns a living by working as a factory worker and is the sole breadwinner for his family.
Both Suratman and Zeek hope that with their new and safer homes, they are able to provide a conducive environment for their children to be able to finish school and have opportunities for a better life.