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Published: Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 2:47:11 PM

Learning about poverty at famine camp

KUCHING: Local NGO Hope Place and the Jalan Tun Jugah SIB Church youth group held a World Vision 30-hour famine camp during the Hari Raya school holidays.

Themed “Kick Out Hunger”, the camp provided an opportunity for the 39 participants to learn about real-world issues of hunger as they fasted and raised funds to tackle the root causes of poverty.

One of the camp activities was helping Hope Place to deliver food to 16 needy families under its care in the Bau and Matang areas.

Hope Place is an NGO that visits poor and less fortunate families to provide them with essential items such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, salt, biscuits and noodles, which are donated by the public.

It also helps to provide milk powder and diapers to families with elderly people or special needs children.

Currently Hope Place supports more than 80 families in Kuching and the surrounding areas. Delivery of aid is carried out once every two months.

In addition, it runs a special project to bring food rations to needy families in rural areas. It recently delivered rations to 58 recipients in Kampung Ensebang, Serian, whose monthly household income was less than RM250.

For more information on how to help the poor and underprivileged, call Hope Place at 013-567 2775 between 8.30am and 12.30pm Mondays to Fridays.

Tags / Keywords: East Malaysia, Family Community, Hope Place, NGO, camp

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