It's encouraging to see Malaysians reach out and support each other despite such uncertain times right now
The Movement Control Order, which began on 18 March, is affecting everyone in the country, especially those on the frontlines, which includes medical staff, police, military and rescue personnel, delivery people, airline staff, factory workers, and security guards.
The list of those who are risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is endless.
To appreciate them, several local social enterprises have decided to show their support and help them out. Here are the things they're doing:
1. The Asli Co has been giving out bottles of hand sanitisers
The Asli Co has been distributing bottles of hand sanitisers to police stations and others who have been working on the frontlines.
"Thank you for your service. This is the time for all of us to stand together and to help each other take precautions to reduce the spread of the virus," they wrote after handing out 150 bottles to the Damansara Police Station on Sunday, 22 March.
The organisation also added 12 more mothers to their workforce.
"Earning from home is even more crucial to them now as their husbands cannot go out to work in this MCO period," founder Jason Wee shared with SAYS.
The Asli Co helps underprivileged stay-at-home Orang Asli mothers earn a sustainable income by making modern handicrafts from home, such as handmade soaps and succulent pots.
2. Biji-biji Initiative is making protective gear for frontliners
Due to a shortage of protective gear in the country, Biji-biji Initiative has been working with a group of volunteers, makers, and Team 3D printing Malaysia to produce protective face shields for COVID-19 frontliners, especially the police, hospital staff, military, screening officials, and cleaners.
The team has already set up four production facilities and is currently seeking other larger production partners who are able to increase the production volume. The estimated number of equipment needed is 40,000 units per month.
"Our target is to mobilise up to 10 machines around KL and Selangor area, and a further 10 machines across Malaysia to produce up to 15,000 units this week, and ramping up production further next week," they wrote in a statement.
If you want to help, below is a list of things they need:
You can check out their Facebook for more information.
3. PichaEats has been preparing and delivering food to frontliners
Knowing how hard the frontliners have been working to save many, even at the expense of not having time to get food for themselves, PichaEats decided to continue the Zaza Movement, in remembrance of one of their late refugee chefs - Zaza - who used to distribute food to the needy.
Within three days, the social enterprise cooked and handed out 430 packets of food to multiple hospitals, old folks centres, and refugee communities - many of whom have lost their jobs.
Through this movement, you can also enable refugees (who are Picha chefs) to cook and PichaEats will deliver them to the frontliners, who are battling hard in multiple hospitals and to local communities who need food.
If you are interested to be part of this movement and contribute, kindly deposit your sponsorship to:
Picha Sdn Bhd
Recipient Reference: ZazaMovement
Kindly send a payment receipt to +6012-6794353 to receive updates on food distributions.
4. Changgih Designs created an easy-to-sew face mask tutorial due to the mask shortages
Founded by two mums, Changgih Designs is a Sabah-based social enterprise that aims to empower through skill development and vocational opportunities. 10% of all their proceeds are set aside for community-building programmes.
Wanting to help in any way they can, even if it is a small act, the organisation created an easy-to-sew face mask tutorial to share with others.
"With the shortages happening right now, our biggest concern was the accessibility for those in the rural communities. We decided that if we were able to share the patterns with our artisans, their friends, other social enterprises and their artisans, this small act of sharing information would be able to help," co-founder Joanna Moss expressed.
You can watch the tutorial below:
Even though we're all at home, we can still do our part and help those on the frontlines by contributing where we can
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