Food Aid – Malaysia
The World Bank reports that “the economic growth in Malaysia was inclusive, as they also succeeded in nearly eradicating poverty; the share of households living below the national poverty line (USD 8.50 per day in 2012) fell from 50% in the 1960s to less than 1.0 percent currently” The report also stated that “however, pockets of poverty remain and income inequality remains high relative to other developed countries” With that being said, Malaysia’s economy may be improving and is getting better by years, but there are also people who are suffering from the effect of the economy growth.
Pocket of poverty can be found not only in the rural area but also urban. Being urban poor is much worse than rural poor since the cost of living in the city is much higher. Being urban poor could mean there may not be enough food for the whole family throughout the month and infants may not get enough food because the parents do not earn enough to support their needs. Therefore, we took the matter into our own hands and start identifying areas where urban poor are concentrated. These are the areas we plan to distribute Food Aid and to provide other support that is within our scope of work such as Vision Care and Al-I’tisam Children Education Fund.