There’s no denying the fact that we’re going through some really uncertain times now. With the ntaionwide MCO currently in effect, many will once again be affected by this measure. Instead of focusing on what could possibly be confusing rules and regulations, it’s better to focus our efforts on things we can do to help. Here, we have some organisations you can donate to and help out. Everyone can help, no matter how much or little: sikit-sikit, lama-lama jadi bukit.
MERCY Malaysia was founded Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, a Malaysian obstetrician & gynaecologist, with a handful of like-minded friends. She was moved to volunteer her medical services for the war in Kosova, 1999, and established this organisation after finding no national organisation ready to support such international crises. They help many causes, and the majority of the donations go towards medical and health-related causes.
Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia gathers surplus food from various sources, and sorts and re-distributes it to those who need it through their strategic partners to reduce food waste and to help to ease and lessen the cost of living of the underprivileged Malaysian. At time of writing, they have set up a COVID-19 Emergency Fund, but you can also make “regular” donations. Besides monetary donations, you can also donate food, or be a volunteer to help them out. You can click here to view more information pertaining to helping out.
Established by Harith Iskander and Dr Jezamine Lim, The Hope Branch is an initiative to effectively raise funds for those affected by Covid-19 Pandemic. They have had two previous campaigns, and the current campaign being run at time of writing is the Ramadan Post-COVID Food Aid. Together with KitaJagaKita, they execute speedy aid delivery and to stay connected with medical frontliners.
World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children and families to overcome extreme poverty and injustice. In Malaysia, you probably best know them for their 30 Hour Famine activity. However, besides the 30 Hour Famine, World Vision also has a number of emergency relief funds, of which include COVID-19 relief funds, both generally and specifically for India. You can click here to view more of their emergency relief funds.
Pit Stop Community Cafe rescues surplus food, and either redistributes or repurposes them. Currently, their programs include dinner service, culinary arts program, food rescue, and a mobile soup kitchen. To help them out and sustain their efforts in helping marginalised communities, all you have to do is make a donation. They do not have any special or emergency fund set up at time of writing, but help is help.
6) Mini Hero
Yes, everyone can be a hero! As an e-charity platform, Mini Hero connects charity homes to the public, creating a transparent, healthy charitable community through technology. The donation process is pretty straightforward: you choose a home that you’d like to donate to, and then choose what to buy from the home’s bucket list. Next, you make the payment, and the goods will be delivered directly to your selected home. Homes and communities you can donate to on via Mini Hero include disability homes, old folks’ homes, animal welfare, and others.
Last but not least, you can also donate to WHO, who’s currently fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, and could probably use some help. They have launched an appeal for US$ 1.96 billion to fulfil the requirements of the 2021 Strategic Preparedness and Response plan (SPRP2021), and builds on the work they have done in 2020. You can click here to read more information, and to make a donation.
At time of writing, India is also facing a huge COVID-19 crisis. Go to giveindia.org to read more about it, and to make a donation if you can.