I live in a city called Kuala Lumpur. A Metropolitan city with loads of developments, lots of hustle and bustle. A city that never sleeps. I am aware of the homeless. I am aware of the poor too but I wasn't ready for was how bad the conditions were really getting to be. Here's some pics from Project #GongxiHomes on Wednesday 3 February 2016.
A street lined up with boxes and bags filled with groceries.
Different items are packed for the different families based on their requirements eg kids, old folks etc.
1 bottle of cooking oil per family.
Bags of rice.
Washing detergent, soaps, toothbrush, dish washing liquid for hygiene and housekeeping.
Apartments are built around homes like this and the apartments will sell for at least half a million Ringgit a unit upon completion.
Developments 20 metres away. Where does one move to when there is no affordable flats available? What can RM25,000 relocation compensation do? It won't even buy them a house.
Urban poor in the city exist.
This is someone's home for the last 11 years. 4 Children aged between 1 and 10 years old live here.
A child's cozy seat to rest. A child's study area too.
Walls with holes for ventilation. Walls that also allow rain to come in.
Boxes are tagged so that we deliver the correct groceries to the correct home.
Pictures are taken as well to prove that the groceries were delivered to the family and not hijacked or sold off by the delivery volunteers.
Another family. They managed to get a flat in Bukit Jalil. This little girl is 5 years old and she is not in a play school or kindergarden to play with other friends or learn new things because there is no such facilities near her home. The nearest is a few kilometres away and her mum will have to spend money on public transport to bring her there. Her other 2 older siblings have to pay RM120 and RM150 monthly each to go to a school Puchong.
She's a little shy but she is happy to chat and see us.
At the end of the day as much as I am saddened by these realities of urban poor, I am also encouraged that not all in lost because there are corporates, organisations and individuals who really care for the less fortunate folks. Kudos Maxis for community projects like #GongxiHome and #ProjectsNourish which they collaborate with NGOs like Pertiwi Soup Kitchen and Kechara Food Bank. Staffs take time to head to the streets to interact with the the needy and hand out supplies to feed families and fill hungry stomachs.
#GongxiHome delivered food boxes to families in Johor, Penang and of course Kuala Lumpur. There are more ongoing efforts by Maxis to do their part in giving back to the community. One of the ongoing projects is also crowdfunding with ecommerce sites like Lazada, Zalora, Gem Give, Rakuten and HappyFresh to build new houses for families in need. Of course more food boxes will be distributed soon too.
What you can do to help:
• Head on to the above ecommerce site and purchase the parts of a house that will go to the above mentioned projects. An example is www.happyfresh.my
Look for "Maxis Charity EPIC". Click on it.
Select what you want to buy to contribute to a needy family's home.
• Go grocery shopping and purchase the items that Kechara Food Bank needs.
For more information:
• Maxis: www.maxis.com.my/kongsihome
• Kechara Food Bank:
17, Jalan Barat
55100 Kuala Lumpur
T:+603 2141 6046
Caring and sparing a thought is not just a festive thing. Make that our choice and part of life to care for the less fortunate and needy in our own way. Do what's within our means. That smile that you bring to another person works wonders to your own heart too.
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