Volunteers decked in red-tshirts travelling across peninsular Malaysia has been synonymous with the NGO Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), which was first established to relieve hungry stomachs on the streets. Beyond its daily distribution of vegetarian food to cater for all, KSK also provides services such as medical care, counselling, job and education opportunities, re-homing, re-uniting families, and application of Identification Card, specifically to the homeless and urban poor communities of Malaysia.
With a growing database of registered homeless clients past and present which KSK has served, KSK believes that street-feeding alone is not the only solution to alleviate homelessness. In 2012, KSK embarked on its Food Bank operations and later, developed its empowerment program for mothers who are home-bound, enabling them to generate some income from home. With the help of amazing volunteers, KSK has been able to redirect more than 60 tonnes of surplus food and groceries to more than 1000 urban poor families in peninsular Malaysia (and this number is still growing!), whom without such help are more susceptible to loosing their homes. The monthly supply of groceries, donated by kind sponsors, enables families with financial constraints to channel their money to something else of equal importance such as education for their children, medication for their ailing family member and house rental. In doing so, we also contribute to efforts in reducing food wastage.
Founded by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, KSK works with a variety of NGO partners. With a motto: “Hunger Knows No Barriers”, KSK’s services towards the homeless and urban poor communities transcends boundaries beyond those set by race, gender, culture, religion, colour and any other labels one might have in mind.
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