Rebuilding for Rahmat
Organized by: Raymond Gotauco
Perhentian Islands are a beautiful pair of Malaysian islands tucked away on its east coast near the border of Thailand. Overflowing with marine wildlife and picturesque locations, the local fishermen’s village is a quaint and sleepy place of warm and smiling people. As heralds to their lands, many help travelers and sojourners to enjoy the marine environment and invite them into the local community to experience indigenous Perhentian life. Rahmat is one of those men and on Saturday, June 11, he lost his home and its contents to a fire. Day in and day out, he works to fulfill his fatherly routine. In the early hours of the morning, he wakes up to prepare his two children for school, complete with clean and pressed uniforms of white button-top shirt and clean trousers or skirt. Their shoes are a shiny white. He then buys his own breakfast and take-away lunch for his busy day ahead. Working for a local scuba diving resort, he escorts their guests on a wonderful eco-snorkel tour to the many beautiful sites around the Perhentian Islands. He helps them in any way he can in order for their experience on the islands to be as pleasant and worry free as possible. Now he and his family need our help. Since losing his home, Rahmat is attempting to pick up the pieces of his life. At the moment, he is having trouble rummaging through the site to find personal belongings and precious family heirlooms. Unfit to live there, he must stay at a local inn without the ability to watch over and protect his own land. He has been given a limited supply of basic food and provisions for him and his family. Unfortunately his home also housed his brother’s family and his father. Their house sheltered twelve people and with your help, it will do so again. The quicker Rahmat can rebuild his home and life, the quicker his family and his loved ones can return to a life that resembles “normal.” Your assistance is necessary. The money donated will initially pay for manpower to clear and clean the land site. Then, the purchase and ocean delivery of tools and building materials is costly to begin construction. Throughout the process food for the workers and builders must be provided and shelter payment for his family to stay at the inn during the duration of construction will also be assisted by funds raised for him. If there was ever a cause for such a deserving man, this is it. He and his family have not asked for a single cent. We simply feel that he has been such a strong man for his family and community. Please help us raise money to support him during this trying time in Rebuilding for Rahmat.