Monday, November 23, 2009

KL Charities (2): Kechara Soup Kitchen

Have you ever been really hungry? I mean really hungry ... and with no idea where your next meal is coming from?

Of course many of us have experienced hunger because of the yearly Puasa in Ramadhan, but then we do that out of our own volition, often starting with a full stomach from sahur, and then knowing full well that at 7.15 pm sharp we'll eat and drink to our hearts content.

But hungry, penniless and homeless. I must admit I don't know how it feel. But many in KL do. We may think that we don't have homeless people in Malaysia or in KL in particular. Well guess what my friends, we do. Fortunately there are people who help them, and in this my second part, I'm writing about an organization called Kechara Soup Kitchen, who gives food to homeless people in KL.

Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is a registered society affiliated to Kechara House, a Buddhist organization. The aim of the organisation is to contribute towards improving the society of Malaysia in the scope of feeding the homeless and urban poor and to help those who wish to re-enter society. Although Buddhists, they distribute only halal food to the homeless and urban poor.

With the motto 'Hunger Knows No Barriers', KSK volunteers come from all walks of life, all races, religions and cultures.

Volunteers gather at Kechara House 2 in PJ to pack food on Saturdays at 9.30pm and Sundays at 4.30pm, before heading for food distribution rounds in town.

On average, 500 packs of halal food, consisting of biscuits, snacks, drinking water, fruits and hot food are now distributed to the homeless. The current volume of food distributed has more than doubled since commencement of services.

The areas covered are:
o Bukit Bintang
o Petaling Street
o Pudu Raya
o Pudu Market
o Chow Kit
o Masjid Jamek Area
o Brickfields
o Petaling Jaya

To help as volunteer, call this number, +603 - 7803 3908

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