PETALING JAYA: After seeing people around them losing the means to earn a decent living, a young woman started an initiative to provide food baskets to struggling families around Kuala Terengganu.
Dubbed the “KT Food Basket” project, it started with Nur Husna Anira Osmira and her friends pooling money from within their own circles to provide 53 families with provisions during the first week of lockdown, which started on June 1.
“Initially, we just wanted to help a few families.
“But after the first round, we started receiving more inquiries from people about the food basket project,” said the 27-year-old.
By the end of the second week, Husna and her team had distributed food baskets to another 150 deserving families around Kuala Terengganu following a successful round of crowdfunding.
“This whole project started when one of our neighbours asked if we knew of any aid programme during the lockdown as they were in need of help.
“That gave us the idea to come up with this initiative. Most of those affected are people earning unfixed income such as odd-job labourers and stall operators who do not have permission to operate during the lockdown.
“When we started delivering the food baskets, we met so many people who were struggling financially. Some do not even have the means to secure their next meal.
“There are so many people who have fallen on hard times. It makes us reflect on how fortunate our situation is compared to them,” said Husna, who runs an online business.
The target recipients for the KT Food Basket initiative were those working in the informal sector, daily wage earners, as well as families with sick or frail senior members or special needs children.
Husna said she was touched to see how generous Malaysians were to those in need, adding that some members of the public even donated expensive milk for disabled recipients under the project.
“We are so grateful that there are so many generous people out there who also trust us to do this,” she added.
As the lockdown has been extended until June 28 and they still had some extra funds from public donations, Husna said they would be continuing with another round of the food baskets.
“We learnt that doing groundwork is very tiring but we have to go on. There’s still no sign of when this pandemic will end,” she said, adding that it had been heartbreaking to witness so many people suffering financially.
“What I would like to say to other fellow Malaysians is hang in there and keep helping each other, regardless of race or religion,” she said.