Kechara Soup Kitchen Nov and Dec stories

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KSK Dec 2018 stories

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The client is happy because she is able to buy her children’s favourite food. They had been eating fried rice for a few days now because the last payment was used to pay their rental. Working with these hardworking individuals is very rewarding.

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Though he is only 6, he wants to join ‘the fun’. He’s learning from his mother and brother how to weave a rug. He wants to contribute to the family earnings, too.  The Empowerment Project brings family and neighbours together to create a productive community.

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Her husband just had his toe amputated and was discharged after a week. This client is very determined to support her family. She weaved 8 rugs while accompanying her husband in the hospital. Such is the strength of a woman who strive to give her children and family a better future.

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We helped to check in Uncle Tan into Care & Cure Kerinchi to begin his rehabilitation programme. Uncle Tan has been our regular client for years, today he approached us to help him enrol in the Care and Cure rehabilitation programme for his drug addiction. We wish Uncle Tan a successful rehabilitation.

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KSK arranged for siblings Mohd. Erdy & Elly to attend a course conducted by DaleCarnegie Malaysia, a reknown international corporate training centre, to help them improve their skills to better prepare them for their future.

Story 6

Surplus food converted to nutricious food for the homeless and urban poor instead of being thrown away. Thank you Tesco & AEON for being the leading example for others to follow.

Story 7

Today in Melaka, our volunteers followed the children and saw them collecting cardboards to help their parents. We delivered food and some medicines to their home after that. The family was very happy that we got them the much needed food and medicines! Thank you Tesco, AEON and Family Store for the food donation while Melaka Raya Straits Pharmacy for the donated medicines.

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A fire broke out in Kg Kolam Limbongan Melaka this morning where two houses were destroyed. KSK Food bank volunteers went immediately to provide food to the families affected by the fire.

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Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia was officially launched and this will definitely benefit many needy families in Malaysia. KSK President Mr Henry Ooi received the appreciation plaque from Finance Minister YB Mr Lim Guan Eng and Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail this morning witnessed by Y.A.M. Tengku Datin Paduka Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and other distinguished guests. KecharaSoupKitchen is one of the foodbank elected to be strategic partners working closely with Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia in the bid of benefitting the B40 and B20 group with surplus food. Congratulations to the launch and we are looking forward to more fruitful times ahead to help those in need.

KSK Nov 2018 stories

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It was a great meeting in YAYASAN KEBAJIKAN NEGARA with the new CEO Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim this afternoon. Kechara Soup Kitchen is grateful to have been given a chance to do a presentation on our works and how it benefits the communities in Malaysia.

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A very young couple, Mr. U and Ms. T were chased out by their families who didn’t support their relationship. Both are now staying at a temporary shelter and needed help to find jobs to fend for themselves and assistance to replace their lost IC. KSK assisted them in getting replacements for their lost ICs. Mr. U also managed to secure a new job this week and hopefully, Ms. T will get a job soon!!

Story 3

Alor Gajah, Melaka was hit by a bad flood today. A group of volunteers from KSK Food bank were at the relief center to extend food to those in need.

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KSK client En Azaman approached our team at Anjung Singgah last Saturday and requested assistance to get a bus ticket to return to Melaka. He was just released from prison and had been on the streets for past 4 days. He is rushing back to Melaka to visit his mother’s grave as his mother passed away when he was in prison. We wish En Azaman a safe journey and happy that he will be able to reunite with his dad and siblings soon.

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KSK heroes received long service award from Kechara Soup Kitchen president, Mr. Henry Ooi. Congratulations to Shirley Hoo, Merlin Hoo, Uncle Ng, Mr Lim, April, Linda and Dr Lye Hwee Long. They have been the longest serving volunteers since the very beginning of KSK. Sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of them.


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November 10, 2018

KECHARA – Malaysia’s Soup Kitchen Turns 10!

The established NGO is one of the pioneers in food distribution for the homeless and urban poor

A quest by a single committed individual to ensure no one went hungry as he did in his youth, gave birth to a food distribution network which is today a well-known name across Malaysia due to the sheer scale and impact of its outreach work which extends from feeding the less privileged to mobile clinics, food banks, upskilling and training for single mothers,  job placements and shelter for the elderly.

First founded by H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in 2006 and registered as an NGO two years later, Kechara Soup Kitchen or KSK as it is referred to, gathers over 10,000 Malaysians annually to help their fellow Malaysians in a multitude of ways. This includes serving over thousands of meals, delivering regular food parcels to families and helping doctors and other medical personnel treat thousands of patients annually, and even helping with free eye-checks and hair-cuts!

KSK has one of the largest databases of ‘clients’ in its system, which is painstakingly updated each week to ensure the accuracy of the information collected. The data is also accessible via an App. Each individual seeking assistance has to be registered prior to obtaining a service and referred to with respect and by name where possible, which ensures no one from any marginalized community is ever ‘faceless’. Clients are also only able to get access to food, medical or other services once they produce their identification card, which is an important tool for KSK to help identify the root cause of homelessness and poverty in urban areas. This is also critical in fund-raising, planning and operations, especially during peak periods and extreme weather conditions. Medical records in the database are also essential information for the doctors to follow up with the client’s health status. KSK also works closely with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and the Federal Territory Ministry to tackle homelessness issues, and has collaborations with over 30 NGOs across the 8 states it has a presence in.

To help celebrate its milestone in Malaysia, and the impact the NGO has had on thousands of lives over the past decade, KSK has organized a Food Bank Symposium which will include 7 global experts sharing their expertise in food collection and distribution with the aid of corporate partners and logistics companies critical for the food supply chain. The event was graced by Y.A.M Tengku Zatashah Idris, a regular KSK volunteer who has over the years worked alongside Malaysians of all ages and backgrounds to bring food and medical care to the needy. Tengku Zatashah also initiated the #zerofoodwastage program.

The event was also graced by YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Bin Ismail, Minister of Kementerian Perdagangan dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna and also YB Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration also included a giant cook-out by 60 UCSI University Hospitality students and staff, with food items and ingredients sponsored by Tesco. UCSI University has also very kindly sponsored the venue for this event.

“While we have grown in scale and impact over the past decade, we have remained true to our original mission of feeding the less fortunate. Hunger knows no barriers, and there are hundreds who go hungry daily in the heart of the Golden Triangle alone. Identifying the hot spots and providing aid in the most respectful and thoughtful manner possible is the ethos of KSK. We are proud of what we have achieved but much more needs to be done,” Henry Ooi, President of KSK said.

“Over the years, we have forged alliances and partnerships with many corporate entities like Tesco, Aeon, Segifresh, Hero,KFC and Hong Leong Foundation, which have also helped with job placement initiatives for KSK’s clients,” he said, stressing that these individuals had every right to be treated with the same dignity as more privileged Malaysians.

Other sponsors of the milestone event include Marriott International and scores of Malaysians who have supported the cause over the years.

KSK’s flagship centre is in Jalan Imbi, KL, with large operation centres in Penang and Johor.

It became a member of the Association of Asian Food Banks in 2015 and embarked on the Zero Food Wastage program surplus food collection in 2016, which entails working with hotel and supermarket chains to collect unsold perishable items for distribution.

To support or donate to KSK please visit : or email or call 603-21416046.

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KSK distributed 250kgs worth of surplus food collected from Tesco MalaysiaAEON Retail Malaysia and HeroMarket to 138 households at PPR Hiliran Ampang. It was a great honour to have Tengku Zatashah joining us today at the distribution. The recipients were very happy to see a Princess serving them food!

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