MCO 1.0 Hunger Relief Jalan Raja Laut
with 
Rotary Club of Bukit Angkasa

Background

For some of us, what we dread is the boredom that the MCO has forced upon us. For others, it's #hunger.

 

A large group of invisible poor resides in KL - homeless, jobless, and penniless. Caught in a completely deserted city with no crowd for them to beg from, no shop for them to scrap leftovers from, shut out from society with no access to the news due to having no Internet and illiteracy,, one could only imagine their anxiety with food insecurity.

 

The Malay idiom Kais Pagi Makan Pagi, Kais Petang Makan Petang describes their situation accurately.

 

Our missions on the streets gave us a dark moment of realization - that is BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, FOOD SECURITY COMES FIRST. Before job security. Before worrying about the economy. Before debating about human rights and citizen rights, society will collapse as soon as the current chain of food production fails.

 

Project Details

In May 2020, the police announced a lockdown in an area adjacent to where our mission takes place after receiving reports on positive COVID19 cases in Chow Kit. Yet, our team members and social impact partners were relentless in their pursuit to end hunger among the homeless until the MCO was lifted in 12 May 2020. 

 

Every day, Pn. Karimah Koh & Datin Nelly will lead a team of volunteers to cook and distribute food enough for 120 people - of which some of the ingredients include fresh greens sponsored by our farm.

 

The mission first began when Pn. Karimah Koh and her neighbour Datin Nelly looked outside the window of their condominium, and saw over a hundred homeless, hungry people in the empty streets of Jalan Raja Laut near Chow Kit.

 

With bleeding hearts that feel for these people, both women went out of their way to purchase groceries enough to feed 120 people - and dedicated their kitchen at home just to cook for them while they themselves fast for Bulan Ramadhan.

 

Dr. Billy Tang, founder of PWD Smart Farmability and a close friend to Pn. Karimah Koh emphatized with her burden and the hunger of the people on the streets.

 

Anngerliz Hn'g and Kok Fong Giap, both friends of Dr. Billy Tang, have been raising funds from the public to feed other groups of the needy. When Anngerliz heard of our mission from Dr. Billy Tang, she communicated our plight to her brother Ken, who works with Lala chong seafood Restaurant.

 

Ken proposed to Yim, the owner of the restaurant, the idea of committing their kitchen on alternate days to ease Pn. Karimah and Datin Nelly's burden of cooking for hundreds everyday.

 

When they heard the plight of the homeless, they did not hesitate, even with their hands already full from preparing meals for construction workers who were laid off during this difficult period of time, on top of providing food support for Myanmar refugees of the Lisu tribe.

 

On the streets, word has spread that there's a bunch of people dressed in blue and a man in a wheelchair who are giving away warm, delicious meals that come with a dessert and clean water. The queue went from 120 to 150, from 150 to 200.

 

On good days, some of them declined to receive the food and did not join the queue, even though they were hungry. They've had lunch already today, they said. Let the ones who had not eaten for the whole day have a chance at receiving the food.

 

In this project, we want to highlight the importance of Food Security among the Urban Poor (homeless, jobless, hardcore poor) - as this group is one of the most at-risk groups of contracting viruses and Non-Communicable Diseases. We know for a fact that this pandemic is a war between our immune system and a rapidly-evolving virus.

 

The saying goes - OUR DEFENSE IS ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR WEAKEST LINK.

 

A quick visit to any government hospitals will open your eyes to see this reality - that one's socioeconomic status is directly related to their health inequalities. Socioeconomic problems, health and food insecurity continue to be the problems of the low income group or B40.

 

The act of going down to the streets to feed this group of people with nutritious food addresses several issues:

 

✅ To reduce hunger-induced crimes eg. theft, robbery

✅ Hunger-relief with high-quality, nutritious food

✅ Strengthening their body's natural defenses

✅ To raise awareness that nutritious food availability directly affects our public healthcare system

✅ To champion nutritious food as a human right - not a luxury sold only to the rich


 

Project Contributors 

Ending Poverty is indeed a big dream - but like all big goals, none are ever achieved alone. We need organisations and individuals to join us in this cause.

 

Our mission is not limited to ending hunger in the streets. We are working together with multiple organisations to raise awareness on how the current food production must be revolutionised.

 

We are endlessly grateful to our impact partners below for sponsorships in cash and kind to help our team feed 150 to 200 people per day, everyday, for the past 2 months. With their help, we have distributed over 7,000 packs of warm meals:

 

👍🏻 Rotary Club of Bukit Angkasa, Rotary Club of Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, & Rotary Club of Bangsar for sponsorship, volunteers, and PPE

👍🏻 Lala chong seafood Restaurant, for cooking packed meals every alternate days

👍🏻 Daily Bread Food Bank, for donating 20 whole chickens

👍🏻 PAL Marketing, for connecting us to Golden Corn Marketing S/B who donated 60kg of corn

👍🏻 Comofish Design, for connecting us to Mama's Delights who donated 40 packs of sauce

👍🏻 Secret Recipe Malaysia, for offering to cook when our kitchen is exhausted

👍🏻 Elixus Agency and Growth PJ, for your donation in cash without any hesitation

👍🏻 AHA Services Malaysia, for your donations of groceries as soon as you heard of our cause.

 

We are also very grateful to our volunteers and individual donors who made this mission a success.

COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission (Week 1) at Jalan Raja Laut, KL during the Movement Control Order
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COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission (Week 1) at Jalan Raja Laut, KL during the Movement Control Order

For some of us, what we dread is the boredom that the MCO has forced upon us. For others, it's #hunger. A large group of #InvisiblePoor resides in KL - homeless, jobless, and penniless. Caught in a completely deserted city with no crowd for them to beg from, no shop for them to scrap leftovers from, shut out from society with no access to the news due to #NoInternet and #CannotRead, one could only imagine their anxiety with #FoodInsecurity. The Malay idiom #KaisPagiMakanPagi #KaisPetangMakanPetang describes their situation accurately. Our missions on the streets gave us a dark moment of realization - that is BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, FOOD SECURITY COMES FIRST. Before job security. Before worrying about the economy. Before debating about human rights and citizen rights, society will collapse as soon as the current chain of food production fails. As educated citizens, we call upon each one of you who've seen this post to stand with us in addressing this major problem that is soon to come. Let's begin by solving one problem at a time. Let's begin by feeding the hungry. Let's protect the dignity and human rights of those most vulnerable who require additional attention in the #COVID19 response including: ✅ Older people ✅ Persons with disabilities ✅ People who are homeless ✅ Refugees ✅ Migrants ✅ Prisoners We thank Lala chong Seafood Restaurant for offering to be the central kitchen to prepare food for 120 homeless people every alternate day, and Pn.Karimah & Datin Nelly for kickstarting this project to highlight the plights of the urban poor. To know more about what we do, please visit www.pwdsmartfarmability.com or fb.com/pwdsmartfarmability
COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission - How It All Began
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COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission - How It All Began

The police has announced a lockdown in an area adjacent to where our mission takes place after receiving reports on positive #COVID19 cases in #ChowKit. Yet, these heroes are relentless in their pursuit to #EndHunger among the homeless until the #MCO is lifted in 12 May. Every day, Pn. Karimah Koh & Datin Nelly will lead a team of volunteers to cook distribute food enough for 120 people - of which some of the ingredients include fresh greens sponsored by our farm. The mission first began when Pn. Karimah Koh and her neighbour Datin Nelly looked outside the window of their condominium, and saw over a hundred homeless, hungry people in the empty streets of Jalan Raja Laut near Chow Kit. With bleeding hearts that feel for these people, both women went out of their way to purchase groceries enough to feed 120 people - and dedicated their kitchen at home just to cook for them while they themselves fast for Bulan Ramadhan. Dr. Billy Tang, founder of PWD Smart Farmability and a close friend to Pn. Karimah Koh emphatized with her burden and the hunger of the people on the streets. Anngerliz Hn'g and Kok Fong Giap, both friends of Dr. Billy Tang, have been raising funds from the public to feed other groups of the needy. When Anngerliz heard of our mission from Dr. Billy Tang, she communicated our plight to her brother Ken, who works with Lala chong seafood Restaurant. Ken proposed to Yim, the owner of the restaurant, the idea of committing their kitchen on alternate days to ease Pn. Karimah and Datin Nelly's burden of cooking for hundreds everyday. When they heard the plight of the homeless, they did not hesitate, even with their hands already full from preparing meals for construction workers who were laid off during this difficult period of time, on top of providing food support for Myanmar refugees of the Lisu tribe. On the streets, word has spread that there's a bunch of people dressed in blue and a man in a wheelchair who are giving away warm, delicious meals that come with a dessert and clean water. The queue went from 120 to 150, from 150 to 200. On the good days, some of them declined to receive the food and did not join the queue, even though they are hungry. They've had lunch already today, they said. Let the ones who had not eaten for the whole day have a chance at receiving the food. Today, we are appealing to the public for your help. We will be honest in our posting today; we are exhausting our resources very quickly, both in food supplies and in energy. Our vegetables have been given away, Pn. Karimah Koh's knees have started aching, but the number of the needy in the streets are only going to increase. We cannot give up now - the food we provide could well be their only meal of the day. We need help in the kitchen, and we urgently need more food supplies. We need your voice to help us reach organisations who are throwing excess food away to the landfills, and to connect us to them. We need your ears to listen to our plight. Our mission is not limited to ending hunger in the streets. We are working together with multiple organisations to raise awareness on how the current food production must be revolutionised. We are saying that the current way food is grown, packed, shipped, and sold to households is ostracizing a marginalized group and the invisible poor. Every revolution begins with baby steps. This is one of our baby steps. We cannot do it alone. This must be an effort from EVERYONE to join us in #CreatingSharedValue. Value is most valuable when it is shared. Finally, we want to express our deepest gratitude to the following organisations that have contributed to this mission: - PAL Marketing for connecting us to Golden Corn Marketing S/B who donated purple corn - Daily Bread Food Bank for donating 20 frozen chicken - Rotary Club of Bukit Angkasa for helping us distribute the food - Lala chong seafood Restaurant for cooking the meals on alternate days Your contribution to the mission will always be remembered. To know more about what we do, please visit https://pwdsmartfarmability.com/ or fb.com/pwdsmartfarmability
COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission - Long Queue Despite The Rain & The Plight Of The Urban Poor
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COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF Mission - Long Queue Despite The Rain & The Plight Of The Urban Poor

In the past 3 months, the #MCO has forced many organisations into challenging situations - but even that did not stop them from coming together for a good cause. In this video, we want to highlight the importance of #FoodSecurity among the #UrbanPoor (homeless, jobless, hardcore poor) - as this group is one of the most at-risk groups of contracting viruses and #NonCommunicableDiseases. We know for a fact that this pandemic is a war between our immune system and a rapidly-evolving virus. The saying goes - OUR DEFENSE IS ONLY AS STRONG AS OUR WEAKEST LINK. A quick visit to any government hospitals will open your eyes to see this reality - that one's #socioeconomic status is directly related to their #health equalities. Socioeconomic problems, health and food insecurity continue to be the problems of the low income group or B40. The act of going down to the streets to feed this group of people with nutritious food addresses several issues: ✅ To reduce hunger-induced crimes eg. theft, robbery ✅ Hunger-relief with high-quality, nutritious food ✅ Strengthening their body's natural defenses ✅ To raise awareness that nutritious food availability directly affects our public healthcare system ✅ To champion nutritious food as a human right - not a luxury sold only to the rich #EndingPoverty is indeed a big dream - but like all big goals, none are ever achieved alone. We need organisations and individuals to join us in this cause. We are endlessly grateful to our impact partners below for sponsorships in cash and kind to help our team feed 150 to 200 people per day, everyday, for the past 2 months. With their help, we have distributed over 7,000 packs of warm meals: 👍🏻 Rotary Club of Bukit Angkasa, Rotary Club of Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, & Rotary Club of Bangsar for sponsorship, volunteers, and PPE 👍🏻 Lala chong seafood Restaurant, for cooking packed meals every alternate days 👍🏻 Daily Bread Food Bank, for donating 20 whole chickens 👍🏻 PAL Marketing, for connecting us to Golden Corn Marketing S/B who donated 60kg of corn 👍🏻 @Comofish Design, for connecting us to Mama's Delights who donated 40 packs of sauce 👍🏻 Secret Recipe Malaysiaa, for offering to cook when our kitchen is exhausted 👍🏻 Elixus Agency and Growth PJ, for your donation in cash without any hesitation 👍🏻 AHA Services Malaysia, for your donations of groceries as soon as you heard of our cause. We are also very grateful to our volunteers and individual donors who made this mission a success. As Malaysia enters a recovery phase - we urge everyone watching this video to join us in our movement of #ScalingUpNutrition. Let's move forward with a new thinking - that before all else, #FoodSecurity must come first. AGRICULTURE IS NO LONGER ABOUT FARMING. AGRICULTURE IS ABOUT FEEDING. A country that can feed its people is a country resistant to the consequences of warfare and pandemics. Let #KitaJagaKita and #NoOneLeftBehind not be just another hashtag, but a reality. Please visit our website https://pwdsmartfarmability.com/ and follow us on Facebook on fb.com/pwdsmartfarmability
Strengthening Our Frontliners In Hospital Sungai Buloh With Our Fresh & Nutrition Vegetables
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Raising Over RM 3000 & Enhancing Food Literacy for Desa Amal Jireh Orphanage in Semenyih
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Raising Over RM 3000 & Enhancing Food Literacy for Desa Amal Jireh Orphanage in Semenyih

The future of #humanitarianism is not in giving, but through teaching. Indeed, it is more blessed to give than to receive. Ps. Terrence and his wife Ms. Kamala welcomed us to their home with open arms. We want to thank Anngerliz & Fong Giap for being on our side throughout our mission during this trying time of the #COVID19 - they have been raising funds for our street mission, donation to the orphanage, and the feeding of the Lisu Tribe of Myanmar refugees who were almost overlooked by organisations. We also want to thank Rotary Club of Bukit Angkasa for sponsoring the groceries for the home, and Lala chong seafood Restaurant for cooking 150 packs of warm meals. Desa Amal Jireh Home is a place of many success stories and happy endings for the children who grew up there - many have graduated, some with a university degree, some have gotten married and started their own families. It is one of the largest orphanages in Malaysia, and it now houses 200 children and 50 senior citizens. The home is looking forward to enhancing #FoodLiteracy among its children, beginning with education. As the nation already knows, #agriculture can no longer be sidelined and there is a major urgency in raising up leaders of the next generation to manage #FoodProduction and ensure #FoodSecurity in sustainable ways. In the past, Desa Amal Jireh has brought its children to AquaHope, a 10,000sqft aquaponics farm managed by Dr. Billy Tang - founder of PWD Smart Farmability. With our long standing history of goodwill and good faith, we are enthusiastic in pursuing a healthy collaboration to raise the next generation of #UrbanFarmers in #Malaysia.
70kg Organic Kangkung to Mu Zi Canteen For Feeding Mission
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70kg Organic Kangkung to Mu Zi Canteen For Feeding Mission

Yesterday, we spent a full day at Kantin Muzi - an NGO soup kitchen run by Penn and Ivy in Kepong. This canteen prepares vegetarian meals for hundreds of people every day, and their kitchen is fully staffed by volunteers of all ages, races, gender, and economic background. During the MCO 3.0 however, the kitchen is shorthanded. Like most NGOs and community projects, they've received lesser donations and volunteers. Thus, as soon as we've harvested our organic kangkung - we immediately arranged for the fresh vegetables to be sent to the kitchen. As of today, we have arranged for a total of 120kg of our kangkung to Kantin Muzi to be cooked, all of which has been packed into over 800 vegetarian meals for the poor community living in the neighbourhood. Penn & Ivy, founding managers of Kantin Muzi have officially signed onboard to become our social impact partner in making nutritious food available to the marginalized groups - and this signing was witnessed by YB Lim Lip Eng. We have also deployed 7 units of our regenerative Organic Vegetable Terrarium (sponsored by International Financial Economy Foundation) to the canteen. Beneficiaries of this canteen consist of mostly senior citizens, labourers, people with disabilities, homeless people, and B40 families from all races and backgrounds. PWD Smart Farmability will continue to supply Kantin Muzi with our harvest whenever we have any available. Watch the video to check out our experience with Penn & Ivy.