Kechara Soup Kitchen going strong!
Last Saturday night was exceptionally busy at Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), with three different youth groups volunteering on the same night! We had the NRC11 (Team Najib Razak Club) led by Ashman Najib (son of the current Prime Minister of Malaysia), BN Youth Volunteer led by Akmal Saufi (son of the current Chief Minister of Southern Malaysian state of Johor Bahru) and Team GenY, led by Nedim Nazri (son of the current Minister of Tourism and Culture). I thank these three wonderful youths who are the sons of our leaders to show such kind and caring support to the needy and homeless in Malaysia. They indeed are good examples.
Since the issuance of the latest ban on soup kitchens in Kuala Lumpur, many Malaysians have made the effort to see what life is really like as a homeless. Joining the midnight distribution rounds gives anyone a good insight, as the food are distributed at the individual “homes” of the homeless. It also gives the volunteers an opportunity to establish a trusting relationship with those they serve. Creating that trust over time is very much needed so that KSK can gradually find out what their root problems are, and then address it directly.
The 3 youth groups, NRC11, BNYV and Team GenY joined the weekly rounds to themselves experience the reality for the less fortunate, and to participate in an act of giving back to their own society. It’s always inspiring when young people take the initiative to learn more in order to benefit others. The three young adults who led the youth groups, themselves come from affluent families. Being privileged to the many choices on what they can do with their Saturday night, they chose to spend it serving others. That itself is a reflection of good parenting… I was also told that Nedim’s mother personally packed 300 blankets for the homeless, and donated 300 packets of nasi tomato (Tomato Rice). How kind…
According to Dato’ Ruby, President of KSK, Ashman was very well-mannered and involved in the distribution. His team joined the briefing session, the route allocation briefing and stayed on till 2.30am distributing food at 6 different locations! I am very glad to hear that Ashman Najib, an educated, young man, is taking an interest in the issue of homelessness and deciding to see things for himself. Ashman is very nice to come and support and help and I thank him very much.
The issue of homelessness occurs in all parts of the world, including major cities like Melbourne and London. As Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. What we do to help those less fortunate than us does not reflect how badly their state is, but our level of compassion.
I sincerely thank my Kechara Soup Kitchen team for taking on this role of benefiting society for so many years. You are heroes. Kechara Soup Kitchen is open, strong and operating and has never closed and will continue. Our concern for the homeless is strong fueling our will to expand further. I thank the many sponsors and donors that make this happen. I thank all the volunteers who come every single weekend to be of benefit to our less fortunate come rain or shine. I thank the leaders of our country Malaysia by giving so much support to our Kechara’s goal to benefit society. We are humbled by your kindness to us. I thank the three vibrant young men Ashman, Nedim and Akmal for volunteering and leading the youths of our country to do good things.
I am the spiritual advisor and founder of Kechara and on behalf of Kechara and the homeless I offer my deepest and humblest appreciations to everyone. We look forward to your continued support so we may do further good for the deserving people who are having a difficult time.
上周六夜晚克切拉香积厨（KSK）格外热闹，因为共有三组年轻人同时加入志工行列——他们分别是由Ashman Najib （马来西亚首相之子）率领的“NRC11” （纳吉拉萨组）、由Akmal Saufi（柔佛州务大臣之子）率领的“BN Youth Volunteer”，以及由Nedim Nazri（旅游及文化部长之子）率领的Team GenY。我感谢这三组热心的年轻人，也是国家领袖孩子的他们，对马来西亚有需要及流浪街头的人给予关怀和支持。他们可说是年轻人的榜样。
这三组年轻人——NRC11、BNYV及Team GenY参与了我们每周的派饭行动，亲自体验贫苦人家的现实生活，并且参与回馈社会的活动。年轻人主动学习更多以能利益他人是件鼓舞人心的事。那三位率领三组人的年轻人都来自富裕的家庭。富有的他们大可以在周六夜晚尽情享受一切，但他们选择服务他人度过了富有意义的夜晚。单是这一点我们便看出他们接受良好的家庭教育。我也被告知Nedim的母亲还亲自为露宿街头者准备了300张被单，并且准备了300包（Nasi Tomato）番茄饭以作派发。非常有爱。
As with everyone else who wishes to participate in the midnight distribution rounds, Ashman registers himself at Kechara Soup Kitchen.
Kwok Wai giving a briefing and introduction to KSK. This briefing is necessary for all first comers, as it also explains the do’s and don’ts when distributing food. So everything will be smooth.
Listening intently at the briefing…
These are all the newcomers… Every Saturday, 100 people volunteer at KSK. Welcome!
Akmal (far right) with the youth group BN Youth Volunteer, taking a quick picture with Dato’ Ruby before heading down for the route allocation briefing.
Akmal（最右边）与BN Youth Volunteer的年轻志工。他们在参与简报环节前与拿督林秀月来一张合照。
As with most people of the younger generation, Akmal (left) is very active on social media… tweeting on the go! Tweeting about the good works to help the less fortunate. Thank you Akmal.
A group picture before changing into their KSK t-shirts with my good friend and head of Kechara Soup Kitchen Dato’ Ruby.
A group picture with NRC11 and BNVY after they changed into the Kechara Soup Kitchen t-shirts! This is a good way for the KSK clients to easily identify KSK volunteers. You all look ready for helping!
Nedim’s (son of the current Minister of Tourism and Culture) mother personally packed 300 blankets for the homeless… how kind. Very nice care. I thank Nedim and his gracious mother for the much needed blankets. This is truly great.
This homeless man from Kota Bahru has not been able to find a job since he arrived in the capital city three months ago. Nedim Nazri (Head of Team GenY Incorporated) was very concerned. Dato’ Ruby reassured him that Kechara will take on this case as we always do.
这名来自吉兰丹州的街头露宿者在三个月前抵达首都吉隆坡，但截至目前他仍然未能找到一份工作。Nedim Nazri（Team GenY组长）非常关注这件事。拿督林秀月向他保证克切拉会如常的处理这一件事。
Lining up the different items to be distributed and waiting for the homeless to come. Items that are distributed are: 1 packet of hot food, 1 bottle of water, 1 apple and 1 packet of biscuits. Clothes, mosquito coils and medicated oils are also given to those who need it.
Individually handing out food to each of KSK’s clients…
Akmal (left; son of the current Chief Minister of Southern Malaysian state of Johor Bahru) together with his friend from BNYV. Food distribution rounds is a good activity for young people to participate in. Not only is it a good way to gain exposure to the hardships faced by those less fortunate than us, but it also gives us the opportunity to reflect on how blessed we are to be in a position where we can make a change. Thank you Akmal very much.
Distributing food to those who are already asleep…
The homeless crowd around the clothes distribution section. BNVY packed and labeled a few sets of clothes separately into different sizes. This made it a lot easier for the clothes to be distributed…
BNVY brought 2 big bags of clothes. Here Akmal (right) distributes clothes from one of the big bags…
Ashman Najib (son of the current Prime Minister of Malaysia) distributing to those who have sought refuge outside a mosque… We are so happy Ashman came to support Kechara. Thank you Ashman. Thank you everyone.
Nedim and Nora Danish handing out food to a KSK client…
Handing out food in an area where KSK’s clients are predominantly women and children…
Nedim Nazri together with Dato’ Ruby in front of a van recently sponsored by Ambank. Ambank, this van is really useful for us. I thank you so much.
Nedim with one of the 300 homeless he gave blankets and food packets to.
Gen Y at another distribution area. Here they’ve made an assembly line to effectively distribute food…
A few days ago, Dato’ Ruby Khong represented Kechara Soup Kitchen in a talk between the Ministry of Federal Territories and various NGOs. It was held at the Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan Dan Kesejahteraan Bandar (Ministry of the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being). The meeting is good. Our leaders support soup kitchens good works.
She was then selected to represent the various soup kitchens during the press conference. Thank you Dato’ Ruby and everyone.
After the talk was over, Dato’ Ruby was interviewed by several media groups. They were interested in finding out the future plans for Kechara Soup Kitchen.
Dato’ Ruby on NTV7 news channel on behalf of soup kitchens and the homeless.
This is a picture collage made by one of the volunteers from NRC11, Idzham Hashim. He gave a short little write up to share his experience. How wonderful that there was further reflection after the distribution rounds.
“12/7/14 Happy to be volunteering with the #Kechara Soup Kitchen last night Till 2 am. Managed to distribute few hundred packets. It was an eye opening experience to be able to witness the issues our society are facing. They need help and all the support they can get. I believe no one deserves to be hungry in today’s modern world. Highly recommending others to volunteer #ksk #soupkitchen #kualalumpur #sayNoToHunger #latergram — with Zaim Mohzani and Ashman Najib.”
Wonderful youths of Malaysia! Dato’ Ruby shared that they were a “team of energetic, passionate and respectful youths”.
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