JOM SAHUR! 2018

 
KDU student volunteer unites under the spirit of Ramadan and volunteerism. Student volunteers stood on the street past midnight to give food.
 
Packing of food by KDU student volunteers at 11 pm. “If you cannot feed a hundred people then feed just one”- Mother Teresa
Ramadan was made better for the homeless who can now look forward to food on Tuesdays just before they start their day, fasting. 22nd May 2018 marks two years of collaboration between KDU students and Institute Onn Jaafar for Jom Sahur! Event. Institut Onn Jaafar (IOJ), with the help of 32 KDU student volunteers, kicked-off the Jom Sahur! event this year where they braved the streets past midnight to ensure that at least once a week, the homeless and urban poors need not have to worry about food.

 Jom Sahur! took place in two locations simultaneously; outside Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and at Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s half-way house Pusat Transit Gelandangan.

KDU international students volunteer Huzaifa Iqbal from Pakistan said, “This is the best way to help needy. IOJ and KDU has made volunteerism such a fun activity and sent the right awareness that we as young adults might need.”

Armed with 300 packets of buns, fried mee hoon, and drinks, the volunteers from KDU gathered around the vicinity of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman under the “Jom Sahur!” programme. The event was scheduled to take place from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m every Tuesday morning for the duration of the fasting month.

One of the KDU student volunteer, Michelle Sit also mentioned that “Through the Jom Sahur! event, volunteering allows me to get involved with new things and develop technical, social and academic skills that could not be learned in a classroom environment. This event has taught me to experience different environment and situations. It brings out new hobbies, interests, opinions and at the same time expands my horizons as a student. It has given me an opportunity to do something good as a person and as part of the community.”

Lastly, student volunteer named Adrina said, “From packing the foods to distributing the meals, we were able to engage with the target group and it gives a sense of relief and love that embraces the importance of society interaction that promotes healthy well-being that they were not forgotten and are cared for. They should feel like their well-being is part of our responsibility too”.

This year’s Jom Sahur! witnessed participation of 14 international students of KDU or known as KDU International Students Ambassador (KISA). “Jom Sahur! was a wonderful event. It allows me to see so many people helping the community reflected a sense of unity that I found moving. After speaking to some of the people that received the food, I learnt the different reasons why they were there. I really enjoyed it and was moved by the whole program” said Chilekwa, one of the active KISA members.