PETALING JAYA, Oct 16 — Deepavali for 27 poor and single mothers and their families is set to be brighter and happy one this year.
As the families received their monthly groceries through the Damansara Heights Rotary Club’s Kitchen Bundle project yesterday, they also got some “extras” with their cooking oil, rice, vegetables and other essentials.
The women were pleasantly surprised to find a saree in their bags while the children could not contain their excitement when they each received a goodie bag filled with sweets, chocolates and toys.
President Shiva Narayanan said although Deepavali is a joyous occasion for many families who have new clothes and prepare lots of food for their families and friends, this was not the case for families from the Desa Mentari community. “
They are hard pressed to even buy daily necessities. Through Kitchen Bundle this month, they can now have a modest Deepavali celebration,” Narayanan said at a lunch hosted by the club at the Persatuan Kebajikan Kasih Training Centre at Taman Desaria.
Narayanan said 20 families were initially picked in July to receive the groceries. Seven more families were recently identified through collaborations with The Lost Food Project, Kasih Welfare Association and the Rotaract Club of Bandar Sunway.
The Damansara Heights chapter is also focused on providing life skills to the women. “We are looking at long-term sustainable solutions for the women like flower arranging skills so they can earn their own income in the near future.
“We are also looking at creating a dedicated website for online orders, proceeds of which will go directly to them. Our hope is they can eventually fully support themselves as we focus on helping families who still need our help,” added Narayanan.