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Hunger knows no barriers
It does not discriminate
Against age, race,
Colour or creed

Hunger paralyses
All strength and reasoning
Of all living beings
Weakening the body
Crippling the mind
Driving many to desperation

Hunger can de-humanize
It turns a crown of creation
Into a scavenging rat
Living on streets
Begging for crumbs and change

Hunger is what
Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fights every single day
With determination
And compassion in action

As we feed the hungry
We feed the hope
As long as we are here
Hunger will no longer rule
The streets of Kuala Lumpur

Shirley Maya Tan

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) was founded by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, the Spiritual Guide of the Kechara organisation. As a young child, Tsem Rinpoche was often hungry and after years of physical and emotional abuse, he ran away from home when he was 15 years old. He made a harrowing journey across the United States, from New Jersey to Los Angeles.

Since this experience, Rinpoche has always donated food to the poor and encouraged others to do the same. In 2006, a group of Rinpoche’s students began to distribute food in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. Being mindful and respectful of others’ beliefs, KSK is strictly non-religious and does not discriminate in terms of race or culture. For this reason, our food is always vegetarian.

As this group grew under the motto of “Hunger Knows No Barriers”, we began to realise that we had to be more structured in order to be more efficient. Therefore, a working core committee of volunteers was formed, to organise the allocation of volunteers for KSK’s routes, the raising of sponsorship and packing of food, amongst other duties.

On 11 August 2008, KSK had its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) as a registered society and a new committee was elected.

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