Kechara Soup Kitchen March and April 2019 stories

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KSK April 2019 stories

Story 1

On 3rd April, 2019 our dedicated colleague, Alias were with some officers from Kementerian Pedagangan Dalam Negeri Dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) Kuala Lumpur handing out much needed breads and buns to needy families.

Story 2

Photos from our album of 14 April, 2019. On this day, our Kelantan team distributed surplus food to the orphanages, the poor and individuals who are bedridden around Kedai Buluh. The less fortunate are not solely in the city. They are all over the nation, both in the urban and rural areas. So glad to be reaching the rural poor these days.

Story 3

“Food is the only thing that I have been longing for” – a single mother of two who is currently living in Kuala Lumpur city. She mentioned that getting surplus food is not a matter of ignorance but a matter of not being able to afford “fresh” food. This is because when it comes to apportioning income, there are things such as house rental and utility fees that have to come before food. With welfare reforms, benefits being cut, this marginalised community find themselves looking for a way to get through another day.

Truth is, by offering assistance with basic household necessities, we get to help many of whom are working and yet do not earn enough to sustain themselves and their families. Hence, we should definitely look forward to contributing to the food bank which makes a better community.

Story 4

One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family where an elderly mother has to take care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use the toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother.

Our colleague, Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran helped this family to replace the broken door with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face.

Story 5

Joining hands with various ministries, agencies, NGOs/I on the streets on 28 April, 2019 to assess the number of homeless in this beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. Thank you so much to Mickey, Loh, Kimberly and Lee for joining last night’s episode as it stretched till the wee hours. This is only one of many rounds. Do let us know if you are interested to join in too!

KSK March 2019 stories

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Anjung Kasih Pulau Pinang was launched on 3rd March, 2019 in Hospital Penang by Deputy Prime Minister Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is also the Minister of Women, Welfare and Community Development as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of National Welfare Foundation (YKN).

Anjung Kasih was created by YKN to help the needy from a far to take care of their family member suffering from chronically ill diseases. This setup is one of its kind in Malaysia and will be made available in all other major hospitals soon to help lighten the burden of those in need going through long term treatment.

We had the honour to distribute our food bags consisting surplus food collected from AEON and Tesco, biscuits and instant noodles along with goody bags from YKN together with Y.A.B. to the needy individuals. Special thanks to YAYASAN KEBAJIKAN NEGARA for the great initiative and the collaboration.

Story 2

Behind every person lies a story. There is a reason or even reasons why they are the way they are. They aren’t just like that because they want to. Something in the past created them. Join Kechara Food Bank programme every Saturday to understand more about underprivileged families.

Story 3

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day.

As usual our empowerment class for the single mothers and ladies from the poor families, recipients of our food bank programme was conducted on 8th March, 2019, Friday by our ever so passionate and dedicated Johor team of volunteers.

One special inductee was a 13 year old learning how to weave rugs while her mother learned how to produce a new product in multifunctional casing which will be used to store water bottles. All materials used are of preloved materials.

Our trainees were very happy and you can feel their sense of fulfilment after completing the products they were taught to do. Not only that, we pay them for every one of their completed products and they don’t have to worry about selling it. We market it for them.

Please do contact us if you are interested to help or  support by purchasing these products. 100% of their profit goes back to those who made the effort to learn and produce. Thankyou In advance!

Happy Women’s Day!

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This is for those of you who are not too sure what are the functions and the reasons for the existence of Food Bank Malaysia, a foundation body coordinated by Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri & Hal Ehwal Pengguna.

The coordination role is necessary as it will ensure proper channel and surplus food distribution can be done in a proper and coordinated manner, right from the donor to the food banks like us and then to the recipients.

Thank you Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia and #KPDNHEP for providing the best available vehicle in order to reach to the needy poor.

Story 5

We would like to thank our regular volunteers for helping to sort out and refill the medic box for food distribution rounds on 9th March, 2019.

This ensures that the medications are there as and when needed during the rounds. This makes for smooth and efficient assistance to the doctors volunteering their time to attend to the homeless who are unwell or just needed medical assistance for their wounds.

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On 25th March, 2019 our Operations Director Justin Cheah was in London together with delegates of The Global FoodBanking Network participating in the 3-day Food Bank Leadership Conference. The trip started off with a visit to FareShare London to learn more about their modus operandi.

The 13th Edition of the Food Bank Leadership Institute, Food Bank Leadership Institute 2019 had its main focus on working towards zero hunger around the world. What a great honour for KSK to be included in this world class conference!

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