AOHD's Feeding Programme

And so, the hectic semester comes to an end. All assignments are finished, all comm papers done. Though I have another final exam in 2 weeks time, I don't really care since it's BM and Moral -_-'

Anyway, two weeks ago, my friends and I went to the AOHD center (next to St. John Cathedral) to help out in their Welcome Caring Services Feeding Programme in order to fulfill our moral project. It's just about 10 minutes walk away from Masjid Jamek LRT station.

Ajumma(s) on the right. Korean ladies :D

When we came, we helped to clean up the place because the place was flooded the previous night. Then we started to prepare the ingredients for cooking. Honestly, I didn't really help much except that I did help to wash the brinjals, sweep away some dirt and chop some garlics (and my hand smells of garlic for the next 2 days XD). I'm just no good in the kitchen! So, I was the social loafer.  A few korean aunties came by to help too. They come once a week and they helped to slice up the brinjals. Once they were done, they left. Hahaha, so cute.

There's an aunty in charge of the center and she hosted us. All the ingredients was done by 11 and we didn't need to help to cook. So we had an hour to have our lunch at a mamak nearby before we return by 12. People were already flooding the center by 12pm and we were slightly late so we quickly got to work. Menu for the day was chicken curry and brinjal with rice, of course.

Friend working hard at kitchen yo.

So anyway, the whole process was about less than 30 minutes. Who came? Mostly men (and older ones) and women. Very little or no youths. They finished their meals (most of them had 2 rounds of food) in just 15 minutes. So the remaining job for us to do was to clean up the place which was fairly quick.

How do I feel about this whole experience? It's not the first time I've joined a feeding programme. My first was back in December 2008.

YPF Mercy Project from Lester Wong on Vimeo.

Beautiful, beautiful video made by Lester. Watching this video always reminds me how God has been so evident in our (YPFers) lives and our journey together. Today, the dynamics of YPF has changed. It's a deep feeling of nostalgia. 

Anyway, back to the topic. How do I put this nicely? I feel that the programme was set up with a good intention but they are not instilling good values to the people who come to this center for food. Nobody owe them anything and neither do they owe anyone anything. An uncle walked off raging because he refused to shift inside when the aunty told him to move away inside to make place for others to sit. I also heard it's 'common' that some of the uncles who come here actually molest volunteers. It's unfortunate that one of my friends had faced this once during our short time there. So to future volunteers, do be vigilant.

There's a Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed for him a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. 

I noticed that some people who came to eat were quite well off - had the money to afford cigarettes even. I'm not being judgmental but I'm saying based on what I can observe. Not many of these people are thankful for what is given to them. I believe that while this center is open for all, without discrimination, there should be discernment on who they should allow to come or join in. There must be proper follow ups and guidelines for these people to follow and there should be a proper programme to help than rather than just feeding them daily. 

I'm not a regular but well, this is what I felt after joining AOHD's feeding programme for the first time. There is always room to experience how others feeling, there's always room to show compassion, there's always room to show your love. But what I learn over the years is that, to show love and compassion, you need to give your care too - and that requires time and effort.

P/S: Sorry for the lousy photo quality in this post. Photos are taken with my phone you see.

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