Homeless people are often portrayed as individuals who sleep on the streets, incapable of feeding themselves and beg for alms. However, for those who look more into the issue, homelessness can be caused various of reasons such as:-
- Disabilities, injuries and illnesses;
- Financial, debt or legal trouble;
- Old age, family break-up and etc.
Part of the homeless community are people who came from rural towns to look for better life in the city. However, much to their surprise, they can only get a low paying job without a high-level of education. Even though they cannot find a job or afford the rent, their pride and self-esteem had stopped them from going back to their hometown. As a result, they usually wander around the city and ends up as homeless people.
According to a research by Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, the drastic cut and removal of subsidies also contributes to the rise in urban poor and homelessness. For nearly 40 years, Malaysia had used Destitute Persons Act 1977 as the federal and state strategies to deal with begging and homelessness. By this law, the authorities have the power to conduct raids and detain homeless people in welfare homes. Therefore, it is important for us, the people of society, to help the homeless people who are in need of foods and shelters.
Over the last few years, hostile design and architecture or defensive design are implemented in the big city to deter homeless people from finding a place to sleep. In Malaysia, these design features include slanted benches, segmented benches, armrests on benches, rocky pavements, street spikes and etc can be seen in Kuala Lumpur especially at the tourist attractions spot such as Petronas Towers and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
However, Malaysians and the Government are very attentive in helping homeless in providing foods and shelters to the homeless people. The homeless shelters are limited to 3 locations in Kuala Lumpur area which are the Jalan Medan Tuanku 2 Homeless Service Centre, Transit Centre for the Homeless at Jalan Pahang and Yayasan Kebajikan Negara at Anjung Singgah.
Initially, the idea of limiting the homeless shelter is to keep the city image clean, safe and healthy in preparation for the 2017 SEA Games and addressing of food wastage. However, it is undeniable that these shelters help to control and prevent issue such as littering after the feeding activities. The Homeless shelters in Kuala Lumpur mainly provide foods and temporary residence for homeless individuals and families.
“IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.”
Surely that you’ve heard about the saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. However, the meanings of these words are deeper than what it seems. When you give, you actually get much more in return. Maybe not in the form of cash, but in a more meaningful fashion such as a good karma. BY going through the donation, you will learn compassion, encouragement, kindness, selflessness, self-respect and gratefulness.
This crowdfunding project is inspired by the inspirational quote mentioned above. Being of service to others is a gift to the world and yourself. Lending a helping hand can uplift the person’s spirit especially during the hard times. It will also set a great example for your family and friends. It emits positivity, fulfilment, happiness and love to the people around you. When you help others, you will have a better understanding of why things happen and what we need to do to present them from happening again. You will find the smiles of those whom you’ve helped. Their gratefulness and prayers of blessings are worth more than a million gems. You will realize that helpings others is the most amazing feeling in the world.
PLAN & REWARD
The current plan of the team is to hold a feeding activity at the Transit Centre for the Homeless located at Jalan Pahang. The fundraising target is based on the several estimations of that location.
- Amount of homeless people: 100
- Price per food unit: RM10 (US$2.40)
- Fundraising target: RM1000 (US$260)
To encourage more of you people to donate, we had included a few rewards that is within our capabilities of the donor. Even though the feeding only last for a day, we hope that the people of the society is willing to donate to make this project a success.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q1. Who are you? Why are you doing this?
We are the engineering students from Taylor’s University Malaysia. In the modules of Business Skills for Engineers, we are required to launch a crowdfunding project. The title of the project can be anything, but we thought it would be a good chance for us to give back to the society. We had looked into all the possible community services around us such as the orphanage, old folks’ home, disabled home and etc, but they all seem to be well-funded by the local NGO. We end up choosing homeless shelters because they are not much accepted by the society compared to others.
Q2. Why should I donate to you and not a charity?
Well, we are a business team who will be actually spending the full donations to buy the necessaries to help the homeless people. The crowdfunding page will update very frequently to show the progress and the spending of the money given. As with other places, you cannot really see much of anything an do not know how much money they are using for themselves instead of the actual cause.
Q3. What if you cannot hit the fundraising target?
Something is better than nothing. Without the target fund, we might not be able to hold a feeding activity that accommodate every homeless people in the community centre. For this case, we will aim to collaborate with the local soup kitchen such as Kechara Soup Kitchen Society.
Q4. Do you gain any profit from this?
Nope, we are just a bunch of students trying our best to make this crowdfunding project a success. In fact, we would reimburse the amount of money which is taken by the website. For instance, if we reach US$260 and it takes out about US$10.40.
HELP SPREAD LOVE TO THE WORLD!