Kechara Soup Kitchen, with the support of the Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, is launching the “Bite No More” Project to distribute sets of much needed mosquito nets and coils to the vulnerable underprivileged community in locations around the Klang Valley, which will be followed by other locations in Malaysia later.
All of us are at risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes but these groups of marginalised Malaysians, the homeless and urban poor, are especially vulnerable because of the exposed and harsh living conditions that they inhabit Having to live rough on the streets, under bridges and shanties is bad enough but it gets even worse when one is a living buffet for mosquitoes, but that is something the homeless and urban poor people have to endure daily.
President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, Henry Ooi said:
One of the most often requested items we get from them is mosquito coils, as they usually can’t afford it even though it offers them the protection they need.
To alleviate the situation, KSK will be distributing mosquito coils, mosquito nets and educational pamphlets to the homeless and urban poor during the first phase of the “Bite No More” campaign, which has been kicked off with sponsorship from the Tsem Rinpoche Foundation (TRF), a charitable foundation.
During phase one, the target is to distribute 2,000 sets of mosquito coils and nets to shelter homes, poor families and organisations around the Klang Valley. These include Pusat Jagaan Al Fikrah in Kajang, Rumah Stepping Stones in Taman Seputeh, Metta Home and Sanctuary Care Center in Setapak, and families in Desa Tun Razak, Kampung Bellamy and Kampung Kerinchi. If there is sufficient funding, we also plan to distribute them to Pusat Jagaan Mahmudah Malaysia in Semenyih and PJ Caring home, in addition to poor families from public housing and squatter houses in Cheras, Lembah Pantai, Old Klang Road, Setapak, Kepong and Bentong.
But as a box of mosquito coils doesn’t last very long and mosquito nets are expensive, Kechara is appealing for donations from the public to help it cast the safety net wider. We urge the public to help us expand this campaign to more areas and we are hoping that in the second phase we can reach out to other parts of Malaysia. Please help us protect the homeless and the urban poor from getting bitten even as we as a country try curb the spread of mosquito borne diseases.
We wish to extend our deep appreciation to our kind sponsors from the Tsem Rinpoche Foundation represented by Datuk May Phng and Dato’ Colin Tan. Also, to Dr Valarmathy Vaiyavari for her knowledge, expertise and time in assisting this cause. Dr Vala has been a consistent volunteer of Kechara Soup Kitchen and in this project will be spending some of her time with our clients to council them on the prevention and care methods with regards to mosquito borne diseases. We are also excited to have celebrities Phng Li Kim, Sarimah Ibrahim and Tong Bing Yu on board. They too have been on the rounds to help hand out and put up mosquito nets for the urban poor.
Please do keep a look out for future updates on this project.