Vettons CARE Package
Partner: Vettons Sdn Bhd
Duration: while stocks last
Ali comes in like clockwork at 11.30am from Monday through to Friday and at 5pm on Saturdays at our distribution centre on Jalan Imbi. Ali has been a familiar face at Kechara Soup Kitchen since the last two years. An aged man of about 75 years. He queues patiently, but with a seemingly permanent frown. His eyes open wide though to stare at anyone that merely looks his way. Not in a predatory way though. Not in an angry way. Just observing, intently.
Kechara Soup Kitchen has been serving marginalised communities for the last 13 years, that include the homeless, urban poor and Orang Asli populations. Working towards a nation of less homelessness, hunger, poverty, food wastage and a better quality of life, the volunteers at Kechara Soup Kitchen work tirelessly six days a week to serve a balanced midday meal to their a hundred twenty guests that come in each day.
Justin Cheah, Director of Operations at KSK, said, “We have been fortunate with having enough volunteers. Even in tough times, we work side by side with retired civil servants, young people who have a passion for giving back, and some who want work experience as part of their road to getting off the streets.” But just like every other business that suffered through this pandemic, KSK has been faced with a number of challenges since early 2020. With more people to serve than ever before, and the scarcity of donations since the pandemic early last year, KSK is stretching their limits.
There are about 9,500 others like Ali who have registered with KSK, and 143 single mothers and at-risk women who seek help to upskill themselves through the empowerment programme.
Krishnan, who manages the food distribution programme, and loves talking to people has often caught Ali’s eye. On a day when things were a little slow, Krishnan struck a conversation with Ali.
“Hi, sir. Is there anything else I can get for you?” asked Krishnan in Malay. Ali’s lips didn’t budge from the downward arch. Krishnan assumed Ali was hard of hearing and repeated the question a little louder.
Ali held up two fingers. “Can I have two packets? One for later,” Ali replied. The conversation still in Malay.
“Sure!” Krishnan quipped. After all, it was an unusually slow day and there were a few extra packets. Krishnan was glad to be able to do something small for him. And more so that Ali’s face had softened. His eyes too. They weren’t so intense. Ali still wasn’t smiling though, but that was alright. Ali spent the next few minutes sharing the cause of the sadness apparent through his eyes and on his lips.
Ali’s story of being neglected by his children at the death of his wife is not new. There are hundreds, if not thousands, like Ali. The stories may not all be the same, but they share similarities in abandonment, neglect and deprivation.
To help close the gap, and to continually be able to help people like Ali, Vettons, the technology and digital ecosystems provider, offered to carry care packages for as low as RM50 on their app to help with basic necessities. From rice and chocolate malt drinks to nasi lemak paste and coconut milk, the care packages carry a combination of the most in-demand basics from popular food brands.
As Ali turned away with both packets of food in hand, Krishnan swore he saw a smile on his face.
Life is hard enough, it does not have to be worse for Ali and others like him. While he has been serving KSK for almost two years now, Krishnan is continually in awe by these small moments, made of nothing but a few minutes, where real life is shared through the delivery window at KSK.
Pahang - Bentong Food Bank
Funds needed: RM216,000
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Bentong Food Bank. With your support, we would be able to feed 500 families totalling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right.
Selangor - Charity Bazaar
Our bazaar, launched in April 2021, is the place to be if you want to get new household items, stationery, toys, car accessories and many more at incredibly low prices. The proceeds will go towards our work helping underprivileged families, individuals and children throughout Malaysia.
Usually open on Sundays, we will be closed until further notice due to the MCO.
Nationwide - Empowerment cookies
To foster long-term financial independence and confidence in single mothers and individuals struggling to make a living, we teach them valuable skills, including baking. Sales of our chocolate-chip butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin butter cookies and sugee butter cookies will mean much-needed income for our Empowerment trainees.
Whatsapp us at 017-3388462 to purchase a tub at RM17 - orders of 50 tubs or more will be at RM15 each. Delivery is provided.
Pahang - Helping the Forgotten (Orang Asli)
Funds needed: RM18,900
We are looking to provide food and basic necessities worth RM150 to each of the 126 Orang Asli families residing in Kuala Tahan villages. We have already made four such trips from December 2020 to March 2021, helping this vulnerable community whose income sources were - and still are - severely affected for the worse due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nationwide - Kechara Empowerment funding
Funds needed: min. RM16,000
Duration: until July 31, 2021
Education reduces poverty in the long run - this is the foundation of #kecharaempowerment, a programme that teaches the impoverished how to bake and sew.
To-date, our trainees have earned RM85,969 in total since 2017, thanks to the kind people who have purchased our Empowerment cookies and sewing products.
If you would like to support our mission to continue educating those in need, please contribute any amount via www.launchgood.com/campaign/kechara_empowerment_2#!/.
Nationwide - MCO donation drive
Funds needed: RM20,000
Duration: until July 7, 2021
During this MCO, our commitment to serve poor families and children, those without homes, the elderly, the disabled and the Orang Asli is as strong as ever. However, we find ourselves unable to meet the high demand for food and essentials - this breaks our heart.
To overcome this helplessness, we are crowdfunding via MaybankHeart: bit.ly/2TgfHbu.
Nationwide - Back to School
Funds needed: RM100,000
Duration: until February 2021
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we embarked on this nationwide campaign to provide school supplies for 565 underprivileged children attending primary school.
Items such as stationery, school bag, school shoes and socks, water bottle, reusable fabric mask and hand sanitiser were given, providing some financial relief for poor parents.