A night at the Soup Kitchen

A group of 25 INCEIF staff and 20 INCEIF students came together after work and classes respectively today to be part of the first INCEIF Soup Kitchen. The staff and students joined the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen volunteers to distribute meals to the homeless and the needy in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Pertiwi (Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam or Muslim Women Action Association), headed by Mrs Munirah Hamid, provides regular meals four times a week to the needy at various locations in the city centre. Today between 9pm and 11pm, INCEIF staff and students joined Pertiwi volunteers for distributions to about 350 people as old as in 75 years old and as young as 10 years old.  There was even a young heavily pregnant woman among those who queued for the free meals and medicines. Mrs Munirah (right) receiving the cash donation from INCEIF/ ISRA staff and students from INCEIF COO Mr Mohd Zamree Ishak. Preparation for the INCEIF Soup Kitchen, an initiative headed by the Human Resource Department, started with the collection of donations in cash and kind from the staff of INCEIF and ISRA. A total of RM1,106.60 in cash was collected. The amount together with funds from the INCEIF Staff Welfare Fund were used to purchase food and drinks for 600 people. Apart from buns, biscuits and packet drinks, a few of the staff got together to prepare hot dogs to add to the meal pack. In addition to the food items, the money was also used to buy vitamins, medicines and toiletries. The remainder of the money collected, RM630, was donated to Pertiwi. The first location for the distribution was the walkway next to Tune Hotel at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Mrs Munirah gave a short briefing to the volunteers on the routine that everyone should follow to ensure that the distribution goes without a hitch. She also thanked INCEIF for donating their time and monies as Pertiwi, which runs solely on volunteerism, is always in need of volunteers. INCEIF staff and students organised themselves in an assembly line to pass out the food and drinks at food stations set up next to Pertiwi?s van which had volunteers distributing pre-packed nasi campur. Despite this being a first time for most of the staff and students, under the guidance of the Pertiwi members, everyone worked together like a well-oiled machine. Some of the INCEIF staff brought their young children along as the experience was indeed an eye-opener for all as it gave a glimpse into the daily hardships endured by urban poor in a big city like Kuala Lumpur. Jin Hyung Kim, an INCEIF CIFP student from South Korea, said as much as his sole aim was to graduate with flying colours, he also looked forward to be part of the community while in Malaysia. ?It is good that we all get to contribute, no matter how small, to the community. Study is one thing, this volunteer work is also good for us. We want to be part of more such activities while we are here,? he said. He was in charge of pouring hot coffees. It was a view shared by everyone who participated in the drive for INCEIF Soup Kitchen. In the coming months, more volunteer and charitable activities are being planned. Anyone wishing to provide aid to Pertiwi Soup Kitchen can email pertiwisoupkitchen@gmail.com

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