31st of March 2023
A year ago the country’s borders reopened with great expectations of a fast recovery after the complete shut-down dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The expectations as I said were great but the recovery has been much slower than expected and in fact we are all still reeling from the pandemic’s effects.
Life isn’t as before, the pandemic has changed the world, our country and all of us indelibly.
It has been quite difficult for us at Insaf to get back to ‘our’ normalcy. One of the hardest things has been to plan ahead and to prepare our Calendar of Events, which has been a staple in our organization. We did not prepare one in 2022 but we kept going, albeit with less funds and even less staff.
All through 2022, our Foodbank program provided monthly food boxes for many people in need in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Penang. Insaf kitchens in Selangor and Penang cooked daily lunches for orphanages and old folk homes, local road sweepers and cleaners. Under our Shelter Cluster the Tampal Rumah program continued building houses and providing sanitation with toilets and showers for the Orang Asal communities in Peninsular Malaysia.
Later in 2022, with the environment firmly in mind we were tasked to install solar panel street lights in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur in order to provide extra security for the people inhabiting the area.
At the beginning of 2023 we took it upon ourselves to travel to Turkey to give a helping hand to the unfortunate victims of the earthquake. Aid which was quickly followed by our mission teams going to Johor in the aftermath of the extensive floods, which saw 2 of our clusters involved – Food and Medical. We want to acknowledge here the good work done by our staff and volunteers alike during both disasters.
As for the rest of the year we are hoping to finally open the door of our Psychiatric Nursing Home and to restore our School Lunch boxes and our Eye Screening for Underprivileged Primary School students programs which were put on hold by Covid-19.
I conclude with a hopeful heart and warm thanks to staff, volunteers and of course the donors.
Ishak Abdul Kadir