Food Distribution 13th – 19th December 2010

13 December 2010 - 6:45pm Comments Off

We distributed 1,442 packs of food to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur, of which 767 packs were given out from the Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) building during the week, 65 packs during the evening rounds and 610 packs during the midnight rounds.

Kind Sponsors

  • Silver Bird
  • Giant Supermarket
  • Sykt Roti Jaya Bread Shop
  • Datuk KC Loh
  • Henry Ho
  • Sook Ling
  • Alice Ng
  • Mr Lee
  • Umai-ya Restaurant
  • Mrs Chew
  • Elize and Johnny
  • Boathouse Restaurant

Distribution from our Soup Kitchen

Monday 13th – Friday 17th December 2010 @ 1100 to 1300 hrs

A total of 767 packets of food were distributed from our soup kitchen this week.

Our daily average of clients coming for food each day has risen from 143 to 153, with more new faces coming for food everyday. Most of them are regulars at AOHD, who have closed until New Year’s Day. AOHD however, made arrangements for their clients – they were given food vouchers to receive food from a nearby restaurant during the Christmas break.

This week, KSK received visitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) doing a Regional Audio Visual Workshop for its local production officers. Two NGOs, the Red Crescent Society and KSK, were chosen to be their workshop as an example of some commendable humanitarian efforts in Malaysia. The team were here on Thursday to film some footage of our kitchen operations.

Distribution throughout the week went smoothly without untoward incidents.

Midnight Rounds

Saturday 18th December 2010 @ 2130 hrs

69 volunteers distributed 610 packets of food to our clients tonight.

We welcomed 12 volunteers from KHIND who, along with Mistral, sponsored a lot of the electrical equipment in the KSK building. They were led by their CEO, PK Cheng, who is encouraging his direct subordinates to become more involved in charity works such as KSK.

Volunteers pack medicines for our clients

There were roadblocks throughout the city, so it took volunteers a little longer to arrive at their respective stops. They gave away mosquito coils and clothes, and our sick clients received medicine. In recent weeks, the distribution of our clients has changed – many of our clients have moved away from their usual sleeping places. In some stops, there has been an increase in clients whilst in other stops, there are fewer clients.

At our usual riverside location next to an LRT station, we found only one client there. On the other side of the river, we came across another two clients – after giving them food, we also left an extra four packets of food for their friends who were not there at the time. On a normal night, we can expect to serve up to 20 packets here.

Our volunteers came across two clients sleeping inside a dark parking lot instead of somewhere brighter. Both of them claimed to have just been discharged from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for high blood pressure. They are now taking medication prescribed by HKL.

Our volunteers with Osman

We checked on Osman who is suffering from bone cancer and is still awaiting results on his blood test. He now has a catheter inserted in his bladder, and it connects to a bag which is strapped to his crutches.

Our volunteers spent some time with our mute client Lim Ah Seng. Although Uncle Lim cannot speak, he understands Cantonese so we communicate with him using a combination of Cantonese, hand gestures and writing on paper. Every time we see Uncle Lim, he shows immense gratitude for the food we give him, sometimes even crying, and he always wolfs down the hot food as soon as it is handed to him. Uncle Lim has lost both his birth certificate and MyKad, and can barely remember his old identification number. We are assessing his situation and will work out a solution for him.

KHIND employees serve our clients

Volunteers also met Ahmad who has just been discharged from prison. The former security guard told us, in a believably sincere manner, that he wants to look for a job but no one will hire him because of his criminal record.

Food distribution went smoothly and ended around 1am without any untoward incidents.

Evening Rounds

Sunday 19th December 2010 @ 1700 hrs

Nine volunteers distributed 65 packets of food this evening.

At the monorail station, we met Ravi who looks good despite his homeless state. Ravi told volunteers that on a enforcement raid in Brickfields, authorities took away two lorries full of homeless people but he managed to run away. Ravi said that previously, he was a Project Manager earning RM7,000 per month. He owned two hours and married twice, before everything began to fall apart until he ended up on the streets. He reiterated that he is happy to be the streets.

Volunteers made arrangements with two clients, Ah Loong and Uncle Lai, to meet us later on in the week so we can help them to replace their lost identification cards.

Mr Ong from SS14 looked sad and a little tired. Volunteers learned that he is actually worried about the decline in his income from his recyclables sales. We tried to cheer him up and encourage him to get off the streets by settling into a free old folks’ shelter. Mr Ong told us that he prefers to wait for his application for welfare aid to be approved, which KSK are currently working on.

We also chanced upon a frail-looking Indian man carrying his recyclable collection on his bicycle. We offered him a packet of food which he gladly accepted. We did not have a good chance to talk to him as the traffic was bad and our volunteers’ cars were blocking the road. We hope to see him again next week.

Food distribution went smoothly and ended around 7pm without any untoward incidents.

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