Charity’s cupboard of blessings for the poor

Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar Johor Baru founder Fauziah Shaikh Omar (seventh from left, in black) at Kita Kongsi, Plaza Larkin in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar Johor Baru (PKSJB) is one of several charitable bodies that have set up programmes to help the less fortunate, especially now during the pandemic.

Back in March, when the movement control order was implemented, it set up a shelf filled with food items at Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Shafar in Kampung Pasir.

PKSJB chairman Fauziah Shaikh Omar said the setting up of the Gerobok Rezeki Komuniti (Community Cupboard of Blessings) in March was to ease the hardship of the hardcore poor.

She said the setting up of the food rack was timely as those whose livelihood was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic had also benefitted from it.

“We understand as people are facing financial hardship at the moment due to the economic slowdown brought by Covid-19 pandemic, ’’ said Fauziah.

She said the food rack provided items such as rice, sugar, flour, condensed milk, cooking oil, biscuits, vermicelli and sardines.

Fauziah said each person was entitled to take four items from the food shelf and only allowed to take the items every two weeks.

“No questions asked but we hope those who come are honest as we want to give all who are deserving a chance to benefit from the food on offer, ’’ she added.

Orphanage warden Aminah Haron manages the food shelf to ensure it is well stocked.

Aminah Haron at the Gerobok Rezeki Komuniti at Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Shafar in Jalan Limau, Kampung Pasir, Johor Baru.Aminah Haron at the Gerobok Rezeki Komuniti at Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Shafar in Jalan Limau, Kampung Pasir, Johor Baru.

Apart from Gerobok Rezeki Komuniti, PKSJB is also running the Kita Kongsi (We Share) programme initiated in November last year, which gives out essential food items to the hardcore poor with a monthly household income below RM1,000.

“We spend about RM10,000 monthly on these items for about 350 recipients. The money is from our funds and donors, ’’ said Fauziah.

She is assisted by her two sons –- Mohd Sharif and Mohd Faiz Mohd Silvano.

They attend to those who come to collect their food bags at Kita Kongsi Plaza Larkin every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The bag contains 5kg rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil, condensed milk and recipients can choose an optional item displayed on the shelves such as disposable adult diapers, instant noodles, biscuits or milk formula for infants.

In December 2017, PKSJB received a RM15,000 contribution from Star Foundation to help manage the Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Shafar which it runs.

Located in Jalan Limau, Kampung Pasir, the orphanage for girls aged between seven and 12 was set up in 2015. It needs about RM20,000 monthly to operate.

The money goes to the children’s school-related expenses, tuition fees, transportation and outdoor activities.

Those who wish to donate can contact the organisation at 07-2214002 or email or Facebook: @shafarwelfare

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