"Kami tidak ada duit nak beli makanan. Kadangkala saya tanam daun kunyit dan kami makan dengan nasi."
That's what Puan Anis, a single mother with 6 children told us when we asked about her family's situation. Her young children attends school and are eligible to receive Rancangan Makanan Tambahan (RMT), a government initiative to provide free lunch at school. We asked her what would happen as the children gets home and that was her candid response.
Puan Anis' family is one of the many urban poor families in Kuala Lumpur that is currently struggling to make ends meet. Based on Unicef Malaysia report published in February 2018, more than 1 in 10 children aged 5 to 17 years old have less than three meals a day (Pg. 36). The same study also reported that 1 in 2 households do not have enough money to buy food in recent months and 15% experience this frequently (Pg. 37).
Nourish believes that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. But when these students are hungry, in addition to the lack of food at home, the students lose focus and concentrate less in class. Hence, we worked closely with the teachers of the selected schools to identify the most promising under-privileged students and we would then sponsor his/her family with a food bag every month in exchange for their attendance in school. The food bag is designed with a dietician to include all the necessary grain, protein and dairy such as rice, eggs, flour, milk powder, milo, anchovies etc that all homes with children should be able to afford. We also educate the families to use the provided recyclable bags when they collect the items so it is better for the environment.
How much does a food bag cost?
Each food bag costs RM250, and we aim to sponsor a family for a complete school year i.e. 12 months, as education takes time. Our aid is designed for the long term, as long as the children stay in school. The cost to sponsor a family for a year is RM250 x 12 months = RM3,000.
Who are we supporting right now?
We are currently supporting families from 2 schools. Nearly half of these needy families are with special needs children, through collaboration with Fondation Rolf Schnyder. We have identified more needy families from other schools in different states, and would like to extend our assistance with your help.
We accept any amount of donation, big or small. They will be reflected as the number of food bags that we can sponsor each family.
For more info on our organization, visit our website www.nourishmalaysia.com and our social media platforms. You may also donate via bank transfer to our CIMB Islamic account 8603196446.
May Allah reward you for your kindness and generosity.
Believe in Allah and His messenger, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and spend (in charity), for them is a great Reward. [Qur'an 57:7]