Help out by staying at home
Of course, the first and most important step in helping is to do your part by staying at home. If you’re already doing that, thank you and you’re doing great! Of course, it goes without saying that you should always practice social distancing when you’re out for supply runs. Make sure to wash your hands frequently (the right way) and be vigilant in following safety guidelines to keep yourself and the people around you safe.
If you would like to do more in this time of need and support those in need, do check out these initiatives set up by NGOs, local communities, or simply kind-hearted Malaysians.
1. Mercy Malaysia
Mercy Malaysia has set up a fund on LaunchGood. Since there are multi-stakeholders requesting for support and assistance, the funds will be used to assist the following beneficiaries:
- vulnerable communities who are affected by COVID-19 i.e. the refugees, elderly citizens, low-income families, immobile and underprivileged communities.
- Malaysian healthcare system i.e. the hospitals, Klinik Kesihatan and the frontline staffs who are working 24 hours 7 days a week.
A crowdfunding campaign organised by Priyaa Simmi, the #KitaBantuKita initiative is targeting 500 families in need to cover RM100 of household expenses for each family. Listed on KitaFund is 4 NGOs who are in partnership with the campaign to help drive this effort.
3. Salute Our Healthcare Heroes
At Klook, we have set up an initiative to show appreciation for the medical frontliners who are working tirelessly to battle the coronavirus outbreak. Buy them a meal on Klook and the F&B partner will also match every order with a meal for our healthcare heroes. Read all about it from the Klook article below:
4. Kechara Soup Kitchen
The Kechara Soup Kitchen will be operating as usual to ensure that the most vulnerable still have access to food and basic necessities. During the MCO period, they will be delivering Emergency Food Boxes to at-risk families and the homeless.
You can help by:
(a) making a donation
(b) contributing to food items
(c) teaming up for corporate sponsorship
5. The Lost Food Project
The Lost Food Project (TLFP) is doing a food drive to drop off essential food items for several charities, foundations, and beneficiaries. Malaysians can help by (a) donating and dropping off food items or (b) make a monetary donation. More information can be found on the SimplyGiving campaign page for TLFP.
6. Charity Right Malaysia
GlobalSadaqah’s Charity Partner, Charity Right Malaysia, along with other community humanitarian partners, will be supporting affected families including healthcare workers by providing food boxes that contain essential food supplies. Each food box can feed up to 4 family members.
7. Pit Stop Community Café
Pit Stop Community Cafe is accepting support in terms of donations of food items, non-food supplies (sanitisers, face masks, handwashing liquids, etc), and funds to help out to the needy. They are a community cafe in Kuala Lumpur who has been working to find solutions to urban hunger and poverty by marshalling volunteers and repurposing food.
8. Caremongering Malaysia
A community effort during the Covid-19 crisis, Malaysians can offer their help by checking in and making sure the elderly group in their neighbourhood are safe and not neglected. Connect with your local community - find out how you can contribute by joining the Caremongering Malaysia Facebook group.
9. Love Your Neighbour Penang
The charity run by locals is helping the needy in Penang that require assistance especially during this Covid-19 pandemic. Malaysians can help by offering monetary support or even volunteer services by getting and delivery groceries, performing admin duties, or other means of help you’re willing to contribute.
10. Refuge For The Refugees
Refuge For The Refugees alongside Tenaganita Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur and Liga Rakyat Demokratik will be joining hands to raise funds to support hundreds of refugee families. They are looking to supply food grocery packs and basic necessities for those families in dire need of help.
11. Rumah Kita
Rumah Kita is a temporary transit home which houses single expectant mothers, providing them with shelter, medical aid and nutrition from third trimester until post-confinement. They are seeking help to replenish selected food items and basic neccessities for the 20+ single mums and some older babies.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Movement Control Order (MCO), many homegrown NGOs are struggling to manage the impacts of the situation on their daily operations. NGOhub’s campaign aims to provide much-needed emergency funding to NGOs (a total of 16 beneficiaries) who continue to serve our most vulnerable communities such as the homeless, elderly, orphans, disabled persons, and refugees.
13. Free Meals for Frontliners
Savor of Life is calling for Malaysians to contribute to their campaign to deliver nutritious food to the medical frontliners at Hospitals KL and Sungai Buloh. Each day, meals are delivered to the 2 locations to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals on duty.