KDU Students Reach Out To The Marginalised By Taking Part In IOJ’s Jom Bekpes 2017

KDU student-volunteers packing up food and preparing drinks for the homeless and underprivileged kids. 
 KDU student-volunteers facilitating activity at Pusat Aktiviti Kanak Kanak. 
KDU students bring helium balloons to the home as gifts to these underprivileged children. 
 KDU student-volunteers taking part in IOJ charity programme – JOM BEKPES. 
As part of their commitment towards initiative headed by Institute Onn Jaafar (IOJ), a non-profit organisation in Malaysia that provides temporary relief and material aids for the poor and vulnerable, about 30 student-volunteers from KDU University College took part in its charity programme – JOM BEKPES on 2 August 2017, as KDU had pledged to channel its students in carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility organised by the NGO.

In participating JOM BEKPES, a morning soup-kitchen campaign on that particular day, the students gathered up at five o’ clock in the morning. They were then transported to IOJ volunteer centre to work as a team in packing the breakfast for the homeless and underprivileged.

The packed food was then been arranged accordingly, and the student-volunteers were divided into different groups in heading to Sekolah Bimbingan Kasih, Pusat Transit and Pusat Aktiviti Kanak- kanak respectively. There were also helium balloons been prepared by the students as gifts to these underprivileged children.

Upon delivering 250 packed food to these homes as breakfast, KDU students were then picked a warm approach by having meal together with the kids. At Sekolah Bimbingan Kasih and Pusat Aktiviti Kanak- kanak, KDU students led the children to do some simple exercise after meal. Overall, this programme saw many orphaned children enjoying themselves, especially when delicious food and goodies been given to them.

The commitment towards IOJ is part of KDU’s Youth Empowerment Plan and is in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint (MEB) to produce all-rounder graduates with outstanding capabilities and interdisciplinary skills.

“This charity programme is an eye-opening for me. It is definitely a good exposure for me and taught me to look at things differently and I am glad to be given the opportunity to spend my time with the underprivileged kids. ” said Christian Nicholas Johnson, one of the student-volunteers who currently pursuing Bachelor of Communication (Hons) at KDU University College.

Mohd Nassif, a Bachelor of Communication student mentioned, “This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the society. I was able to mingle with the kids and it was nice to see the smile on their faces.”

KDU believes that one of the most vital traits of real world education in parallel with real world needs, is to work with surrounding communities. The institution interacts with a variety of communities and instils in its students the skills required to work with these communities effectively through compulsory subjects, such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Co-Curricular Activities & Community, in its programmes.