31st of March 2021
A year on from the health crises which saw over 2 million people dead and the economy going into a tailspin, the world is still reeling and people are trying to cope emotionally as well as psychologically with the loss of loved ones, the loss of income and the numerous disruptions in their daily lives. Unfortunately it is not over yet. Although people are being vaccinated the world over, social distancing, mask wearing and the curtailing of free travel will continue for the foreseeable future.
What has all this meant for us at Insaf Malaysia? The pandemic certainly did not stop us. Throughout it we continued our charitable work by providing cooked meals 5 days a week and Foodbank boxes for those in desperate need. A little later, during the lockdown recovery phase we also reprised our role of building and repairing houses for the ‘orang asal’ community and the poor and needy. Additionally we managed to build our fourth school in Nepal and a mosque in Lombok, Indonesia.
What we are most pleased about is the fact that our work did not go unnoticed and we were encouraged to expand our clusters services (Medical, Shelter, Food and WASH) beyond the Klang Valley and set up a Northern Chapter based in Penang and a Southern one based in Johor Bahru. We couldn’t be prouder!
Our 12th anniversary sees us proudly represented from Perlis to Johor. A great achievement for us all!
Although officially still ‘stuck’ in the recovery lockdown, we hope that 2021 will allow us to expand our work even further - for instance in the mental health area and in the housing department too.
All this could not and will not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our staff and volunteers and above all the continuous financial support of our donors. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Ishak Abdul Kadir