Kuala Lumpur, February 15, 2017 –

At least twice a month, starting today, an NGO in the city is bringing together university students and underprivileged kids over the most important meal of the day; breakfast.

“We’ve been conducting our JOM BEKPES morning soup kitchen campaign every first and third Wednesday of the month since February last year.

“For 2017, we will include Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih as one of the locations for the program with the others being Pusat Transit Gelandangan and Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad,” says Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ) CEO Charles Mohan.

He says every JOM BEKPES session is hosted by a different private or public university.

“That way, we are able to expose thousands of students to volunteerism every year and have them meet less fortunate.”

He points out that each of the locations were different in that Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih is a government school for underprivileged Malaysian kids in Chow Kit while KL Krash Pad provided stateless children with an education.

“Meanwhile, Pusat Transit Gelandangan was set up by the Federal Territories Ministry as a one-stop centre for NGOs, members of the public and the government to provide aid to the homeless, most of whom are middle-aged or elderly,” he says.

Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih principle Zulkernai Fauzi says it was important for his school’s students to see that others, including university students, were interested meeting and eating with them.

“I think it’s a source of encouragement for my students to pursue higher education if they are exposed to university and college students on a regular basis.

“At the same time, I think university and college students might have a broader perception of life and be more determined and appreciative after they meet Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih students,” says Zulkernai.

Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih, says Zulkernai, is a school unlike any other as the government set up the school especially for Malaysian children who would normally be unable to receive a formal education.

“Here, in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, we face many challenges that most schools in Malaysia could never imagine, but we have had our success stories in part thanks to the help we receive from outside,” says Zulkernai.

Also present were Datuk Seri Onn Ja’afar’s granddaughter, Hanis Hussein, and great-granddaughter Kyra Arianna Hishammuddin.

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