December is a particularly busy time of year for everyone, including NGOs such as Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK), whose mission is to provide food, counselling services and medical care for the homeless and urban poor. Realising this, QI Malaysia staff stepped up its support to KSK through a series of SSR activities throughout the month, that involved over 30 volunteers from various departments.

Our volunteers worked together with the KSK team on various tasks including food bank registration at urban poor residential areas; food preparation at KSK’s premises; food distribution at Anjung Singgah, Medan Tuanku and various locations in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, volunteers also took part in the Food Surplus session, which involved collecting excess and unsold food products and redistributing them to the needy.

A first-time volunteer, Sylvia Chang from the Finance team remarked that “This experience enabled me to see what life is like for the underprivileged and gave me an opportunity to get to know the community. It made me realise how lucky I am”.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Mohammed from QNET was also in agreement “Helping those in need have actually made me feel happy and fulfilled. On top of that, I am reminded to be grateful and appreciative of the blessings in my life”.

KSK started in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 when students of Tsem Rinpoche, the Spiritual Guide of the Kechara organisation, began to distribute food as part of its charity work. As this group and its activities grew larger in scale, KSK was then formally established in 2008 and since then has been led by a committee of volunteers.