Q: What is Kechara Soup Kitchen?
A: Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is a non-religious community action group that distributes food, basic medical aid and counseling to the poor and destitute individuals in Malaysia. KSK is strictly non-religious, being mindful and respectful of others’ beliefs. We do not discriminate in terms of race, gender or culture, hence our motto being “Hunger Knows No Barriers”.
Q: How about group or corporate booking?
A: The minimum number of persons for a group or corporate booking is 12 persons, up to a maximum of 40 persons. Advance notice is required for group or corporate bookings.
Q: I am a new volunteer. Do I need to attend any form of briefing or orientation?
A: Yes, new volunteers participating for the first time will be required to attend a 60-minute orientation briefing before being allowed to join the distribution rounds.
Q: What is the age requirement for volunteering in the food distribution rounds?
A: 18 and above for distribution on the streets. 12 and above for volunteering in the kitchen, underage volunteers shall always be accompanied by a guardian.
Q: I am 15 years old and I wish to participate. Are there any activities that I can participate in?
A: Yes, you can still volunteer at our Soup Kitchen which operates from 11am to 1pm on weekdays.
Q: Can a sick person or pregnant lady volunteer?
A: We strictly do not recommend volunteers who are expecting or suffering from any form of sickness to participate in our food distribution programme for safety reasons.
Q: What is the proper attire to wear on the distribution rounds?
A: For safety reasons, we highly recommend participating volunteers to wear our KSK T-Shirt (available at a donation of RM35 per piece from our office), jeans and sports shoes.
Q: What should I bring along to join the rounds?
A: At best, come as light as you can with minimal cash and your MYKAD or any form of identification. We strongly do not recommend you to bring along handbags as a safety precaution. You can bring along an umbrella in case of bad weather and hand sanitizers are always useful.
Q: I do not have my own transport. Can I join?
A: Yes you may join the rounds. However, you will have to arrange your own transport to and fro from the location of our activity.
Q: Am I expected to know the way during the distribution?
A: We will assign an experienced volunteer or Team Leader to guide you throughout the distribution activity.
Q: Do we need to cook there? What are the tasks that we are required to do?
A: For volunteering in the Soup Kitchen on weekdays, there will be limited cooking in the kitchen and your tasks will mainly be packing of cooked food and/or other food items. For distribution activities on the streets, we will expect you to give your full cooperation to our Team Leaders who will be guiding you through the distribution rounds.
Q: I am not a Buddhist. Can I participate in KSK’s activities?
A: We do not promote any form of religious beliefs in our food distribution activities and we welcome volunteers regardless of religion and race.
Q: Do I need to commit to a certain period of time or days in order to join the distribution activity?
A: No, you do not need to commit. You can always register for your participation the next time you are free.
Q: How do I get to Kechara Soup Kitchen’s office?
A: We are located at No. 17 Jalan Barat, (Off Jalan Imbi), 55100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. We can be contacted at +603 2141 6046. Kindly refer to the map uploaded in our Contact Page.