Self-care Pack For Our Malaysian Street Friends
It’s easy to take the simplest items in our daily lives for granted. Sometimes, we even find ourselves buying items we don’t necessarily need.
Being on the ground, we know that many go without basic items that we consider necessities. It’s heartbreaking knowing how blessed we are, and how many go without.
KSK would like to invite you, fellow Malaysians, to support our street friends by providing them with a self-care pack. For RM50, you’re directly giving 1 set of items that will not only put a smile on someone’s face but provide them with the hope that someone (you) cares.
Meals: cookies, fruits, bento set meal and mineral water. Self-care items: carrier bag, medicated oil, mosquito coil, tooth brush and toothpaste.
Meal for A Meal Initiative by Churitto’s
World Hunger - a crisis that is very painful to watch, and even worse to endure.
In an effort to play a part in curbing this global issue, Churitto's pledges to donate a meal for every meal that is purchased at all Churitto's outlets.
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.
Donate Your Clothes To The Orang Asli Community
In response to a growing need for assistance, Kechara Food Bank has now included 31 Orang Asli villages as part of our national food relief distribution
If you would like to be a part of this national initiative, we will be collecting both clothes and dry food provisions.
Locations and contact number:
Kechara Soup Kitchen KL
17, Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Kechara Food Bank KL
10, Jln Seri Rejang 3, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
*Kindly make an appointment before drop-off
Conquer Virtual Run 2022
In collaboration with Kechara Soup Kitchen, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia DENSTA is organising a 5km charity run to raise funds for the homeless and marginalised communities of all races and religions in Malaysia. Come! Join us to run while feeding the homeless.
Passo Music & Dance Academy
“Giving with Impacts” Donation Package
PTUM Donation Package is back again this year! Let’s see if
there is any difference inside the donation package this year!
The 21st PTUM and Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) will jointly launch a donation package from 21st November 2021 until 20th December 2021. The theme of the donation package for this year is “Giving with Impacts”. This event aims to spread warmth to every corner of the world during the pandemic and assist those in need to tide over their difficulties. We also hope that the enthusiastic support of the public can improve the situation of these vulnerable groups. Partial proceeds from sales of donation packages will be donated to Kechara Soup Kitchen.
One set of the donation package only cost RM 49 and it’s free delivery all over Malaysia! For those interested in buying, feel free to scan the QR code below (above for IG) or click in the link below to fill in the purchase form
Purchase link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rCM3riC4kmvoNeafk2a6DXMxdLKB6TLBXTqml1-Mx0Y/edit . We hope that everyone can actively support this donation package. Even though it is a small act of kindness, it is a blessing for those in need
Pahang - Monsoon season is back!
The 126 Batek Orang Asli families living in the forests of Kuala Tahan may have to leave their homes and move to higher ground in anticipation of rising river water level. Their livelihood that depends on tourism will be badly affected. So will be their hunting and foraging in the forests. There are 479 local families living around the town who may also experience flood. This is what they all go through annually. They have reached out to us for help. Kechara Soup Kitchen is now raising funds to buy and give dry food to these people: rice, flour, cooking oil, sugar, canned food, biscuits, beverage.
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.
Pahang - Bentong Food Bank
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.
Pahang - Helping the Forgotten (Orang Asli)
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.
Vettons CARE Package
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.
Put the power of a smile on someone deserving of it. Download the Vettons app on Google Play or the Apple Playstore, search for CARE Package and select Kechara Soup Kitchen before checkout.
Nationwide - Kechara Empowerment funding
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
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
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.