Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) is a registered non-profit organization which inspires and organises volunteers to distribute food to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Kuantan. Inspired by His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche (Spiritual Advisor to Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia), KSK was established in 2006 as a community action group that offers food, drinks and basic medical first aid to those in need, regardless of their race or religion. This brings to life KSK’s motto– “Hunger Knows No Barriers”.
This motto extends to KSK's ever-expanding team of volunteers who come from all walks of life, all races, religion and cultures. What connects and binds them all is their shared common goal of helping others. KSK's activities focus on gaining the trust of our friends on the streets, to gather information about their needs. Thus KSK's direct contact with our clients is invaluable in our work and as a result of these observations, we can address not just the symptoms (hunger) but also the causes (urban poverty and a disconnection with society) of homelessness and hopelessness.
Those stricken by poverty are not in that situation by choice. They do not want charity, they need inspiration. KSK volunteers have discovered that there are people willing to re-enter society if given the opportunity – they just need to be shown the way.
KSK’s mission is to provide nutritional meals, medical support, a place of refuge and the training skills for the homeless to re-enter and contribute to society, This will require the continuation of the street food program, maintenance of a mobile van to assist in street food distribution, maintenance of the permanent building to offer food and communal services and eventually, acquiring another building that functions as a Nurture Centre.