Good evening, friends. We are gathered here to look into how we can be of
service to the community. One of the ways is to volunteer to be part of the
teams involved in a Soup Kitchen. I recommend the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen. The
Pertiwi Soup Kitchen is a Community Outreach Effort.
What are Soup Kitchens?
Soup kitchens can be found in many of the world's cities. They exist to provide
basic meals to those who go hungry, not because they are lazy or are looking for
handouts, but because they simply cannot get
enough food or proper nutrition. Those in need may include children, parents and
the elderly. Some of them are homeless, jobless and
infirmed, unable to find jobs to live a decent life. They do not ask
for cash handouts. They want any paying job which can give them a roof over
their heads and 3 decent meals a day. Their advanced years prevent many from
Malaysia's economic success and prosperity has ensured that hunger is not a
matter of not having any food at all, but whether those in needs are getting
enough food on a regular basis. Moreover do we care enough to provide food to
How did the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen get started? The PERTIWI Soup Kitchen has
been established to provide regular meals at various locations around Kuala
Lumpur on a regular basis. This community outreach effort has been established
and managed by Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI), one of Malaysia's
longest running NGOs. It had the initial support of the Rotary Club of Kuala
DiRaja and some individual sponsors.
Soup kitchens provide an important way to give back to the community. They
offer a healthy meal to those who are in need. The few soup kitchens that do
operate in Kuala Lumpur are already providing this critical service. However,
there are still too many hardcore poor and homeless people in our city who are
unable to eat on a daily basis. This project will complement these existing
The Pertiwi Soup Kitchen has the following objectives:
• To distribute basic pre-packaged healthy meals and clean water 4 nights a week
in inner city neighborhoods where various recipient groups are located.
• To raise awareness of the number of hardcore poor in our city.
• To encourage corporate and media sponsorship, and regular volunteer
participation to feed the hungry.
• To operate the programme in a sustainable manner that will enable it to serve
an increasing number of people.
The PERTIWI Soup Kitchen project provides a humanitarian food-aid service to
the hardcore poor irrespective of race or religion. By interacting with various
destitute inner city communities on a
regular basis, additional support programmes would be established to assist
those ready for assistance to become more independent. A Job Agency could be set
up to source employment for the healthy and
able-bodied. Temporary hostel facilities could be set up for those unable to
find cheap and affordable lodgings on getting employment. A Lending Agency could
be established to tide new employees over the first month of employment until
they are paid.
To help kick-start this important community effort, the Rotary Club of Kuala
Lumpur DiRaja had donated a Nissan Vanette C22 van to be used for the
distribution of meals.
Now what Pertiwi wants are more volunteers to help in the preparation of
meals, the packing of food packets, the logistics of loading onto the transport
vehicles to go to designated places to hand over these meals to those unable to
get to the soup kitchens themselves.
Currently, Pertiwi goes to the homeless and the hardcore poor. But in the
foreseeable future, Pertiwi is looking into the service which offers a one-stop
centre for the soup kitchen to function. Besides preparing hot meals, Pertiwi
hopes to provide baths and laundry facilities whereby the homeless and hardcore
can avail themselves of such basic needs.
We, as members of the junior Club, should volunteer to help the Soup Kitchen
on a regular basis. We can be kitchen helps, food packers, members of the
cleaning and washing teams as well as accompany the food distributors as they go
about in the city to hand freshly cooked food to the poor and the homeless.
It does not mean that we spend all our time at the Soup Kitchen but we
sacrifice our free time to lend a helping hand to a NGO to lift up the spirits
of the destitute.
Think about what I propose. At our next meeting we will take a vote on it and
liaise with our parent clubs to inform them of our intentions.
Thank you for your time. We'll meet again.