Animal-headed Divinities in Christianity

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This is a fresco of Jesus Christ with his retinue of saints and angels in an Orthodox Christian Church. Notice the 6-winged angels above Jesus and the saints. Click on image to enlarge

This is a fresco of Jesus Christ with his retinue of saints and angels in an Orthodox Christian Church. Notice the 6-winged angels above Jesus and the saints. Click on image to enlarge

Christianity has long associated animal-headed divinities with pagan religions. Consequently, these divinities are denounced and declared as anti-Christ or as manifestations of the devil. Certain Christians quote passages of the Bible that refer to God’s displeasure at the worship of a bull-headed pagan god to validate their viewpoint. However, if one were to delve deeper into the Bible and Christian theological doctrine, one would actually discover saints and angels with animal faces as well.

An example of a divine being with an animal face in Christianity is St. Christopher. A “saint”, also known as a “hallow” which is an older term, refers to a Christian with an exceptional degree of holiness that is often described to be closest in likeness to God. This term also retains its original meaning, which is that the saint is a believer ‘in Christ’ and is a receptacle in which Christ abides, whether here on earth or up in heaven.

Interestingly, according to Anglican, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Oriental Orthodox doctrine, all of the deceased who were faithful to their beliefs and are in Heaven are considered to be saints as well. However, there are some saints that are considered worthy of greater honour and emulation by others. The official recognition and veneration of a saint is bestowed upon certain popular Christians through the process of ‘canonization’ in the Catholic Church or ‘glorification’ in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

 

St Christopher

Stained glass depiction of St Christopher in the Western Europe style as a man carrying the infant Jesus.

Stained glass depiction of St. Christopher in the Western Europe style as a man carrying the infant Jesus.

According to the Catholic Church, Saint Christopher was a martyr who was killed during the reign of either the Roman Emperor Decius (reigned 249–251 CE) or the Roman Emperor Maximinus II Dacian (reigned 308–313 CE). Theologians are unsure because of the similarity between “Decius” and “Dacian”. Nevertheless, the veneration of this saint began to surface late in Christian history and only became widespread in the Late Middle Ages. However, there were already churches and monasteries named after him by the 7th century.

Amongst theologians, the existence of St. Christopher is disputed and they are unsure if the name refers to a specific person or a title meaning “Christ-bearer” which was given to several different real or mythological individuals. In fact, St. Christopher may have been St. Menas as well. The most famous legend of this saint, mainly known in the West, may have drawn from ancient Greek mythology. The myth tells the tale of St. Menas carrying an unknown child across a river before the child reveals himself to be the baby Christ. Therefore, he became known as the patron saint of travellers and small images of him are worn around the neck, on little bracelets, carried in pockets, or placed in vehicles for protection.

On the other hand, historians suggest that a historical figure by the name of Reprobus is St. Christopher. Reprobus was a Canaanite, he was a massive 7.5 feet (2.3 m) in height and had a fearsome face. According to legend, while serving the king of Canaan, he took it unto himself to serve “the greatest king there was”. At first, he went to the king who was reputed to be the greatest but one day he saw the king did a sign of the cross at the mention of the devil. The sign of the cross is a Christian benediction by touching the hand sequentially to the forehead, lower chest or stomach, and both shoulders. He discovered that the king feared the devil and so he departed to look for the devil to offer him his service. While searching he came across a band of bandits, one of whom declared himself to be the devil, so Reprobus decided to offer his service to the bandit.

Various Byzantine-styled St Christopher depicted with a dog-face. Click on image to enlarge.

Various Christian Byzantine-styled St. Christopher depictions with a dog’s head. Click on image to enlarge.

Later, he saw his new master avoid a wayside cross and discovered that the devil was afraid of Christ, and so he left him and enquired where he could find Christ. Eventually, he chanced upon a hermit who gave him instructions in the Christian faith. Reprobus asked him how he could serve Christ. When the hermit suggested fasting and prayer, Reprobus replied that he was unable to perform that service. Hence, the hermit suggested that because of his size and strength Reprobus could serve Christ by assisting people to cross a dangerous river, where they were perishing in the attempt. The hermit promised that this service would be pleasing to Christ.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge

Reprobus lived during the Roman Emperor Decius’s persecution of Christians. Subsequently, he was captured and martyred by the governor of Antioch. Historian David Woods also proposed that Reprobus’ remains were taken to Alexandria by Peter of Attalia where he may have become identified with the Egyptian martyr Saint Menas.

Legends of St. Christopher contain two important historical facts that identify him with the historical St. Menas. The first is that the Greek and Latin legends of St. Christopher identify him as a member of the Third Valerian Cohort of the Marmantae (Latin: Cohors tertia Valeria Marmantarum). This was a Roman military unit stationed in Marmarica, North Africa. Today, this area lies between modern-day Libya and Egypt. It was none other than Emperor Diocletian who recruited this whole unit. The second fact which is similar with St. Menas is that St. Christopher was martyred in Antioch.

Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Orthodox Christians pray to him fervently for protection in travels.

The story of St. Menas’ martyrdom corresponds to the legend of St. Christopher. The theory suggested by historians concludes that the two saints are the same person. This would mean that the name “Christopher” or “Christ-bearer” was an epithet given to the valiant St. Menas who died in Antioch. Since he was not a native of that land and his name was not known, he was simply revered by his epithet, “Christophoros” or “Christ-Bearer.” Coincidentally, St. Menas happens to be the patron saint of travellers in the Coptic tradition as well, which further supports an association with St. Christopher who is the patron saint of travellers in the Greek and Latin Christian traditions.

Furthermore, a part of St. Christopher’s story has parallels with the Greek legend of Jason of the Argonauts, who carried an old woman across a raging river and she was described as being far heavier than she should have been. Later, it was revealed that she was the goddess Hera in disguise.

The sheer variety of St Christopher depicted with a dog-face shows that it is an accepted tradition. Click on image to enlarge.

The sheer variety of St. Christopher depicted with a dog head shows that it is an accepted tradition and prevalent among the Orthodox Christians. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Dog-headed depiction of St Christopher in the Eastern Orthodox tradition

In Eastern Orthodox Christian icons, Saint Christopher is represented with the head of a dog. The background to the dog-headed St. Christopher is connected with the man named Reprobus who was captured in combat against tribes dwelling to the west of Egypt in Cyrenaica. As mentioned previously, he was said to be of enormous size and was also described as having the head of a dog instead of a man, which was a characteristic of the Marmaritae. This Byzantine depiction of St. Christopher as having the head of a dog resulted from a misinterpretation of the Latin term ‘Canaanite’ to read ‘canine’.

According to the medieval Irish Passion of St. Christopher, “This St. Christopher belonged to one of the Dog-heads, a race that had the heads of dogs and ate human flesh.” It was commonly accepted at the time that there were several types of races, the Cynocephalus (or dog-headed people) being one of many believed to populate the world.

Various depictions of the popular dog-faced St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher as worshipped by Orthodox Christians

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. He is a revered saint. Click on image to enlarge.

Finally, the German bishop and poet Walter of Speyer portrayed St. Christopher as a giant with a dog head that belonged to the Cynocephalic species in the land of the Chananeans who ate human flesh and barked. Eventually, Christopher encountered the Christ child and repented his former behaviour and received baptism. He was rewarded with a human appearance, whereupon he devoted his life to Christian service and became a soldier-saint, an athlete for God.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

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Various depictions of the popular dog-headed St. Christopher. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Seraphim & Cherubs

A woodcut depiction of the famous vision of Ezekiel in the Book of Revelation in which he beheld God’s throne surrounded by Seraphim angels. Click on image to enlarge.

A woodcut depiction of the famous vision of Ezekiel in the Book of Revelation in which he beheld God’s throne surrounded by Seraphim angels. Click on image to enlarge.

A seraph or seraphim as in the King James version of the Bible means “the burning one” and this refers to a type of celestial or angelic being in Christianity and Judaism. According to tradition, the seraphim are placed in the highest rank of the angelic hierarchy, and in the fifth of the ten ranks in the Jewish angelic hierarchy.

Within the seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8), the name “Seraphim” is used to describe celestial beings with six wings that fly around the Throne of God while harking “holy, holy, holy”. This spectacle in the Bible with its triple invocation of holiness came to be known as the Trisagion, and profoundly influenced subsequent Christian theology, literature and art. Its influence is frequently seen in works depicting angels, heaven and the apotheosis. Aside from Isaiah, Seraphim are mentioned as celestial beings in an influential Hellenistic work, the Book of Enoch, and the Book of Revelation.

This depiction follows the description within the book of Ezekiel, where each of the Cherub angels possess 4 faces - man, lion, ox, and eagle.

This depiction follows the description within the book of Ezekiel, where each of the Cherub angels possess 4 faces –
man, lion, ox, and eagle. Click on image to enlarge.

So Seraphim are heavenly beings that have six wings but apparently they only use two of them for flying. It is said that two are used to cover their faces and the remaining two are used to cover their feet. They cover their face because, being so close to God, they are said to witness his full glory which would be too powerful to behold and require the wings to shield their eyes. Feet are considered ‘unclean’ and improper to be shown to God. Therefore, there are some scholars who also think that this reference to feet actually refers to ‘genitals’ as well.

According to the Book of Revelation (Rev 4:6-8), four Seraphim surround the Throne of God. According to the account, one seraph has the form of a lion, the second an ox, the third has a man’s face and the fourth is that of a flying eagle. Each of the four seraphim have six wings and are covered with eyes all around, even under their wings. It seems that the Seraphim are not just human-like angels but those in the form of animals. These are not normal-ranking angels or cherubs but the highest ranking of the angelic beings. Hence, they are the closest ones standing just next to God’s throne.

In another account (Ezekiel 1:1–3:27), God approaches Ezekiel as the divine warrior riding in his battle chariot. The chariot is drawn by four living creatures, each having four faces (those of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle) and four wings. Beside each “living creature” is a “wheel within a wheel”, with “tall and awesome” rims full of eyes all around. God commissions Ezekiel as a prophet and as a “watchman” in Israel, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites.” This passage describe the angels in a different manner in which each Seraphim possess 4 faces. These angels are known as Cherubs and in the modern representation they are often depicted in the guise of human infants with wings.

Another depiction of the famous vision of Ezekiel in the Book of Ezekiel in which he beheld God being drawn by Cherub angels.

Another depiction of the famous vision of Ezekiel in the Book of Revelation in which he beheld God’s throne surrounded by Seraphim angels.

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Beautiful depiction of the Cherub angel is rendered as frescoes on the walls of churches. Click on image to enlarge.

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A depiction and diagram of the Seraphim angels along with the corresponding descriptions taken from the Christian bible. Click on image to enlarge.

Another medieval woodcut depiction of the Four Seraphim angels standing around of God's throne. The old man on the celestial throne is the common depiction of the Christian God.

Another medieval woodcut depiction of the Four Cherub angels pulling God’s chariot. The old man on the celestial chariot is the common depiction of the Christian God. This is mentioned in the bible.

Another medieval woodcut depiction of the Seraphim angels standing guard around God's throne.

Another medieval woodcut depiction of the Cherub angels around God’s chariot

A modern and realistic interpretation of the Cherub angel. Click on image to enlarge.

A modern and realistic interpretation of the Cherub angel. Very similar to the various animal headed Egyptian gods. Click on image to enlarge.

A detailed medieval woodcut depiction of the Four Cherub angels pulling God's divine chariot

A detailed medieval woodcut depiction of the Four Cherub angels pulling God’s divine chariot

A modern and realistic interpretation of the Cherub angel.

A modern and realistic interpretation of the Cherub angel with four faces including a man, lion, bull and eagle and here depicted with four wings and body of a human. Sometimes they are depicted with six wings.

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A modern figurine of a Cherub as it was described in the bible.

A modern figurine of a Cherub as it was described in the bible by prophet Ezekiel according to his vision of God. The Christian sacred Cherub with many animal heads upon a human body is similar to the Hindu gods of India that have various animal heads like Hanuman which is a god with a monkey form and head, Ganapati the elephant headed god, Hayagriva the horse headed god and Narasimha with a lion’s head. Christianity cannot call gods of other religions pagan just because they emanate with animal heads.

Depiction of the Seraphim angels

Depiction of the Seraphim angels worshipped by Christians

19th century depiction of Cherub angels

19th century depiction of holy Cherub angels with four faces and with animal faces compared to man which they tower over

Seraphim depicted on a stained glass window

Holy Seraphim depicted on a stained glass window of a Christian church

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Conclusion

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With the tradition of venerating the dog-headed St. Christopher and the manifestation of animal forms of Cherub and Seraphim angels it is clear that animal-headed divinities do exist within Christianity. It is not only something that exists in ‘pagan’ religions because divinity can manifest in a variety of ways, and divinity can certainly manifest in animal form. Mind you, pagan is something labelled by the Christians to denounce the gods of other religions calling them satanic or evil in order to denounce. Sometimes Christians would denounce in this way to show their superiority over other religions when all religions are actually equal. Nothing can limit the manner in which divinity or God can manifest in order to protect or benefit all beings. Hence, there is nothing wrong or demonic when divinity manifests in animal forms in any religion. It is, in fact, an expression of the divine reaching out to protect and benefit all beings.

 
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  1. Choong on Nov 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    In the Indian belief system/mythology and Buddhist description of the different realms that exist in the cosmos, there too is a famous animal-headed being called the Garuda who has a human body and the head and wings of bird.

    Like the Naga being, the Garuda combines the characteristics of animals and divine beings, and may be considered to be among the lowest devas (one of the six realms in samsara).

    According to one version of Pehar’s origins, Pehar was originally called Bihar Gyelpo ( bi har rgyal po ), and he was born from one of the thirteen eggs which had been produced by a white klu mo inhabiting lake Manasarovar (ma dros mtsho).

    He had human body, but had the head of a Garuda bird (‘khyung). Later he came to stay in Bhata Hor, and after his arrival to Samye he was called the Kordag Gyelchen Bihara (dkor bdang rgyal chen bi ha ra); where he was the guardian of this holy place and treasures (gnas dang nor srung)

    Today, Garudas remain very much entrenched in many Asian cultures such as Indonesia, India, Thailand, Mongolia, and many more.

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  2. wan wai meng on Oct 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    This article reminds me so much, not to take things literally and also not to judge based on ordinary appearances. In Buddhism we have the ferocious imagery of Yamantaka who reminds us of how we are when we are in anger. Yet Yamantaka although looking very much like a bull headed demon with implements and weapons is a deity that can cut our anger and purify heaps of karma accumulated across aeons.

    On the other spectrum we have beautiful people who come with honey glazed words and expressions but they could be out to harm or get something out of you for their very own benefit. So now who is the real demon then?

    Could the cherubs with 4 heads, be an indication that the Ancient Aliens in Discovery channels had animal heads. Egyptian gods many of them had animal heads too, and ancient Egypt according to Ancient Aliens theoreticians said there was much alien influences in ancient Egypt.

  3. Samfoonheei on Oct 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Interesting article …i have seen Animal-headed in pictures only . Its wonderful to known from these article and did own research as well to know further. So now i know and it so called related to Christianity. Animal-headed divinities do exist within Christianity and other religion as well .Its more of an expression of the divine reaching out to protect and benefit all beings.
    The legend of St. Christopher , Egyptian gods were often depicted in therianthrophic – part human, part animal form. There are some of the well known gods with animal heads.
    There many interesting historical stories ,legends related to these animal heads in all ancient periods until the end of the Middle Ages….interesting.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for sharing .

  4. Fong on Oct 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I find it very interesting that there are many depictions of the same saint, St Christopher. Seems, as the religion moves around the various known world of the time, the local customs incorporated their interpretation to the visual image according to their local believes. It was not to demean the saint, nor to put down the religion but instead it was to revere in their own way but yet staying true to the essence of the religion.

    At the core of it, as Rinpoche taught, it is our perception and expectations that create the negative or positive interpretation of holy images.

  5. Cc on Oct 28, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing.

    Dogs were also very highly regarded in Egyptian religion, and one of the most well known Gods, Anubis was a dog-like creature. Some Egyptologists believe him to be a Jackal, whereas others point to the translation of inscriptions which describe that Anubis had a “face like a dog”.

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  6. Anne Ong on Oct 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very nice interesting topic on animal headed divinities in christianity. I love all the beautiful and colorful pictures on this article…lol ???

  7. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

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    The truth is that authentic happiness does not come from our external circumstances, and we can learn to be happy by making others happy. It is our inner feeling that creates happiness, along with how we interpret the events of life. Helping the homeless , underprivileged communities, and giving a smile to them is true happiness. Learning and practicing Dharma is the best choice that will change our luck that will transform our mind. Fortune tellers, soothsayers, using each individual way do tarots and fortune reading. They have different sets of powers reliable or not depend on each individual. They offers insight into people’s luck . To me looking in our lives , think positively on the good side, do good then good things will comes to us naturally ,bringing us positive energy or luck eventually. In life not everyone born with a golden spoon. We have to work hard to where we are and get what we want. Nothing in life comes easy with no effort. The moment when we do good for others, good things happen, instead of looking at whether we have luck or not. We have to take charge of our lives and create luck doing charity, volunteering, get involved in a more meaningful activities and so forth. Interesting read.
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/psychics-fortune-tellers-and-how-to-change-your-luck
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 15. 2022 12:49 PM
    So Rinpoche’s taboo words were, I will try,I will do my best,I cannot
    I’ll do it tomorrow and I will. Thank you Joy for this sharing with us especially to those of us outside Ladrang. I wouldn’t know this till reading this post. Some information rather knowledge we should learn to avoid saying such things as much as possible. Mind-sets play a significant role in determining life’s outcomes. In Buddhism spiritual Gurus are the pillars of the tradition. They are guardians of the Dharma, they provide students with knowledge as well guidance and inspiration for liberation. Our Guru should be served with utmost devotion and respect. We should do as told and never give up without doing our task. We are fortunate to have met Rinpoche and since then our lives has completely transformed, it is a worthwhile journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-taboo-words
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:28 PM
    Not everyone gets the chance to serve our Guru directly, so given a chance we should be happy and rejoice going all the way to serve from our heart. Serving our Guru directly is a fast track to purifying one’s karma and gaining attainments. One will collect tremendously amount of merits through serving our Guru. Merits are the key to many things we wish to achieve in life and our spiritual practice. In a way it helps us to clear any obstacles and purify our karma or misfortune we are suffering. Serving with a good motivation and good action helps us to collect merits.
    Thank you Joy for this sharing through those moment with Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-fast-track-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:26 PM
    That’s wonderful having the opportunity to prepare food for Rinpoche. Not everybody have that opportunity to serve Rinpoche which was one of the best places to swiftly gain a great amount of merits. And one of the fastest ways to purify one’s karma as well. Rejoice for you. .. Joy .Rinpoche manifested to help us chip away at our delusions and bad habituations, as well as sharpen our minds. Working in the kitchen is a tough for those who not loves preparing foods. That the way Rinpoche sharpened our minds and increased our patience and tolerance levels. Its more like training us not to give up in whatever situation we come across.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Joy for this sharing. Glad to know more and understand better of Rinpoche through your eyes and stories told.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-cooking-for-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 11. 2022 03:21 PM
    Beautiful sharing Pastor David , a better insight of Rinpoche through your real life stories and observations to inspire us. Going to the movies with Rinpoche for the last will forever a great memories for Pastor. It is all about the richness of the Rinpoche’s life which Rinpoche had accomplished to benefit many of us and more to come through his profound teachings. What Rinpoche had left behind is woven into the lives of us. Beautiful sharing .
    Thank you Pastor David.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-going-to-the-movies-with-rinpoche
  • Sarusupathy
    Monday, Jan 10. 2022 10:41 PM
    Learned something new today, thanks for the sharing on The Goddess Lok Yeay Mao.
    It is definitely challenging to build a huge statue but I believe each and everyone who took part in this project received abundant blessings from the Goddess.

    I could feel the tranquility in this surrounding just by looking at these pictures.
    Bokor Mountain is a must visit place when visiting Cambodia ��
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 8. 2022 03:33 PM
    Heng Ju is an American Chan Buddhist monk. He was among the first monastics ordained on Western soil in the lineage of Venerable Hsuan Hua. Inspired by the 3000-mile pilgrimage across China made by Great Master Xu Yun. Bhikshu Heng Ju, completed the 1100-mile journey bowed in full prostration on the ground, praying for world peace and seeking spiritual awakening. The journey was complied into a book. The book is a detailed account of the progress of their journey, relating internal and external hardships, revealing their realizations and awakenings, and details of their communications and interactions with their teacher. Interesting Read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/after-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 8. 2022 03:32 PM
    Houn Jiyu-Kennett born Peggy Teresa Nancy Kennett, a British roshi most famous for having been the first female to be sanctioned by the Soto School of Japan to teach in the West. She was a prolific translator, publishing many Soto scriptures in English. From Japan she moved to San Francisco and founded the Zen Mission been the first Zen monastery in the United States to be established by a woman. She had guided hundreds of students, and her books including The Wild, White Goose and Selling Water by the River are read widely by Western Zen practitioners. Kennett Roshi suffered from poor health for several years and died of complications from diabetes leaving a legacy .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/why-are-roshi-jiyu-kennett%e2%80%99s-disciples-so-reclusive.html

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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
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    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    4 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    4 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    4 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    4 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
2 weeks ago
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Cheah has offered 3 sets of Serkym prior to Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed a Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 20th Nov '21. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Philip, our new visitor to Ipoh centre, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Three Jewels prior to DS puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has resumed our Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 6th Nov 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
4 months ago
Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
8 months ago
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
8 months ago
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
12 months ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
12 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
1 years ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 yearss ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 yearss ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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