The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people everywhere, but it has been particularly hard for marginalised groups such as the Orang Asli
As the disease spreads, people are forced to stay in their homes thus losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet.
Global Peace Foundation Malaysia is a local organisation that works closely with Orang Asli communities in Pahang and Sarawak.
They found that many of the villagers are part of the hardcore poor, earning as little as RM300 to RM600 a month on average from doing ad hoc work and selling products such as serai, petai, and rubber.
Due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), most of them have lost their source of income and have not been able to bear the expenses of purchasing essential items.
The organisation has been working hard to ensure that Orang Asli villagers have enough food on their table to survive this trying time
They have launched a fundraising campaign to help feed a total of 1,000 families in several different districts.
With a RM50 donation, each family will receive essential items such as rice, flour, sugar, and cooking oil that will hopefully last until the MCO is over.
So far, they have raised RM43,161 out of their RM50,000 goal.
To comply with the MCO, the organisation has explained that they will not be travelling to the Orang Asli villages.
Instead, they will make orders to grocery stores closest to the communities.
Then, a village representative will pick up the items and distribute them.
They also added that all of the funds raised will be channelled as food relief. At the end of the campaign, an account will be reported to the public to show how the fund has been spent.
If you would like to support the cause, you can find out more here.
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