Whether it’s family, friends, health, or just simply having a comfortable life, most of us have something to be grateful for this Ramadan ❤️


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Unfortunately, there are many less fortunate people around the world who may not be spending their Ramadan and Eid after comfortably as we are 😔 As Muslims, we are taught to be kind, generous and charitable to all regardless of religion, race, or gender. When better to do so than during the most precious time of the year?  Let’s make the most of our Ramadan, where good deeds are multiplied 💖 Lend a helping hand, offer alms and exchange smiles with everyone we meet to spread the goodness of sadaqah.

Here are some ways you can help make someone’s Raya a happy and memorable one ❤️

MALAYSIA
1. Feeding The Needy (FTN)


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FTN is a community group that aims to provide food to the homeless, poor, and physically challenged in Kuala Lumpur City. This amazing bunch is made up of people of different kinds ranging from volunteers, sponsors and contributors who distribute meals to the unfortunate every Thursday night off Jalan TAR (near CIMB and Tune Hotel). And if there are leftover meals, the group proceeds to give out food at other places too 😊

The community runs completely on passion and their own willingness since 100% of the monetary donations are used for the food to give out. On top of that, they do not charge for operating or administrative fees 👏 You can help them out by preparing food and distributing the food on Thursday nights. Just drop them a message on Facebook to find out more about this amazing bunch and how you can contribute to their cause 🙂

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2. Projek Pelangi


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Shopping for new raya clothes and getting excited over our new outfits is a norm for many of us. Who doesn’t love a matching family and friends outfit photo, right? 😊 But unfortunately, there are many children who cannot afford theirs and are dependent on the generosity of others to enjoy the same excitement that we do over our raya clothing. This year Projek Pelangi aims to 15 000 raya clothing to be given out to less fortunate children around Malaysia!

For RM100, you can make a memorable raya for these children by buying them a raya outfit 😍 If not, you can also donate any amount you’re comfortable with through their website or via a bank transfer (listed below). For volunteer work, you can help sort out the clothing or help distribute them but the roles needed may change. You can contact them for further information 😊

Contact: 0172267533 / 0163605047
Donations: Through their website or via bank transfer to:
Bank: Bank Rakyat
Account number: 11-080-100156-8
Name: PERTUBUHAN KEBAJIKAN RUMAH PENGASIH WARGA PRIHATIN
Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Cahaya Ramadhan Stateless 2019 by 1Moment4them

Credit: 1Moment4Them on Facebook

1Moment4Them is a youth humanitarian that focuses on providing education and basic needs for the poor, the stateless and the less fortunate. Currently, there are an estimated 800,000 people in Sabah who are stateless and 1Movement4Them aims to collect donations for these marginalized groups in conjunction with Ramadan. The funds collected will be contributed to four different programs, Ramadhan Camp (with over 100 children benefiting), a project to fix their bridge (over 1000 people benefit from this), cows for the first day of raya (for an estimated 800 people), and an education project for the stateless 😊

Contact: +6011-11748588 / 03-8687 4950
Address: K-3-01, Conezion, Persiaran IRC3, Ioi Resort, 62502 Putrajaya
Donations: Bank transter to:
Bank: CIMB Bank
Name: 1Moment4Them Solutions
Account number: 8603078986
Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. PJ Caring Home


Credit: Michelle Lim on Facebook

PJ Caring Home is a nursing home for the mentally challenged that currently cares for over 140 residents from diverse backgrounds aged 19 to 90 years old. It was one of the first to adopt an open concept method to caring for their patients, meaning that those under their care are encouraged to live life as ordinary as possible by encouraging them to interact with society 😊 Activities include short trips out to shops and having a drink at the local coffee shop ☕️

The nursing home accepts help in all forms, from cash, non-cash items, to volunteer work of any kind 🙂

Contact: 03-7785 2997
Address: 1, Jalan Railway 1/2, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Donations: Contact them for non-cash items, or bank transfer to:
Bank: RHB Bank
Name (can be used for cheques too): PJ Caring Home
Account number: 21403500119590
Website | Facebook

5. Street Feeders of KL


Credit: Street Feeders of KL on Facebook

Street Feeders of KL was founded in 2011 by a handful of friends who have been reaching out and working with the homeless of KL. The group aims to offer them respect, hope, and break social stigmas to help get them back on their feet. The team of 50 – 120 people (depending on the number of volunteers) reaches out fortnightly to feed up to 300 homeless 😊

To help them out, you can head to their Facebook page, website, or Launchgood.com page to find out when their next outing to feed the homeless.

Contact: info@streetfeeders.com
Address: Meeting point – 49, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Website | Facebook | Instagram

[P.S. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your food wastage this Ramadan, here are some tips to help you out]

6. Ramadan Care4Hunger 1440H by Islamic Relief Malaysia


Credit: Islamic Relief Malaysia (IRM) on Facebook

The Ramadhan Relief 1440H Program is a program by Islamic Relief Worldwide during Ramadan to bring food and relief to the poor and needy communities. They currently have two different programs you can contribute to, an international and local program.

Their international programs aim to collect RM721,500 and 3140 food packages to be sent across 33 countries, while the local program aims to collect RM2,200,00 for 12, 300 families.

Contact: 03-8926 3434
Address: A-05-1, Paragon Point, Seksyen 9,Jalan Medan PB5, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Office opening hours: Weekdays 10am – 6pm
Donations: Click here to donate through their website
Website | Facebook | Instagram

7. Pertiwi Soup Kitchen


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Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI) was founded in 1967 and has played a large role in many different causes in Malaysia such as women’s rights, literacy skills, medical aid to remote villages, and training foster mothers. In 2010, PERTIWI launched their soup kitchen in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with the aim of feeding the poor and homeless people of KL. This amazing group currently feeds between 500 – 700 homeless and poor about four times a week with the help of committed volunteers.

You can help them the team in distributing healthy foods and drinks around KL to make sure no one goes to sleep hungry. Just drop them a call and they’ll be more than happy to guide you 😊

Contact: +6012 236 3639 (Munirah)
Address: No: 63 Jalan SS 3/53, Taman Subang, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Meals on Wheels


Credit: Ri-Ratana Meals on Wheels on Facebook

Meals on Wheels is a programme where meals are prepared and distribute to the needy by request on festive seasons such as Ramadan, Chinese New Year and Christmas. The ‘Food Bank’ van not only delivers food to the selected organizations or centre but also gifts and entertainment to spread joy and happiness to those who need it 😊

You can help them through a number of ways, such as celebrating your birthday (or any occasion) by providing meals to a family or community in need, sponsor low-income students for their school meals, provide cash or non-cash donations, or apply to be a volunteer. All forms of aid are appreciated 😊

Register to be a volunteer here!

Contact: 03-7784 9002
Address: 21, Jalan Penchala, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Website | Facebook

9. SHELTER – Home For Children


Credit: Shelter Home for Children (Malaysia) on Facebook

SHELTER is a welfare organization that was founded in 1981 to rescue and protect children from the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, extreme neglect, being abandoned and being a victim or witness of domestic violence. The organization aims to help these children overcome their trauma by giving them love, care and education ❤️ Currently, SHELTER’s impressive work ranges between three homes for these children, community work and five refugee schools! Their monthly operations reach up to RM150 000 per month and they are solely dependent on the public for funds. With these many to care for, any aid given is always appreciated by them 🙂

Help care for these children by applying for as a volunteer, or give cash or non-cash donation.

Address: Jalan Barat, Seksyen 8 Petaling Jaya, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Office opening hours: Weekdays 8.30am – 5pm
Donations:
Via Cash Deposit, TT, or online transfer:
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank
Account number: 7941 4513 1406
Via cheque: Addressed to “SHELTER HOME FOR CHILDREN” and mail to P.O. Box 23, Jalan Sultan, 46700 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Website | Facebook

10. Kechara Soup Kitchen Society


Credit: Kechara Soup Kitchen on Facebook

Kechara Soup Kitchen aims to promote a caring Malaysia where each individual has his or her own most basic needs fulfilled with dignity and respect ❤️ There are two programs you can volunteer for with them.

On weekdays, you can help prepare and serve food from their kitchen. You’ll be involved in packing food in paper wrappers before distributing them from the kitchen counter for walk-in clients to collect. Other than that you can also help clean the dishes and kitchen after the distribution period 😊 On Saturdays, you’ll meet them at their premise and will be assigned to teams heading to designated locations to distribute food to the urban poor.

Contact: 03-2141 6046
Address: 17, Jalan Barat, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 2pm, closed on Sundays
Donations:
Name: Kechara Soup Kitchen Society
Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad
Account No. 5122-3133-4874
Swift Code: MBBEMYKL
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Bonus: SPCA Selangor


Credit: SPCA Selangor, Malaysia on Facebook

One for the animal lovers out there! There are many animals in need too. SPCA Selangor is an animal welfare organization that aims to protect animals and alleviate their suffering. They provide a whole range of programs such as adoption, investigation of cruelty reports, humane education, assistance to community animal caregivers and run a dedicated, low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

You can help these animals by volunteering at the animal shelter 😊 Volunteer duties include morning cleaning sessions, preparing and serving meals, socializing the animals, and general housekeeping duties!

Contact: 03-4256 5312
Address: 20, Jalan Kerja Air Lama 1, Ukay Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Office opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am – 4pm, closed on Mondays
Donations: Click here to find out the various ways you can donate!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

SINGAPORE
1.  Ramadan Iftar Sponsorship by BAPA Relief

BAPA is a non-profit organization that aims to aid Singaporeans through affordable education. Currently, they have provided for more than 20,000 beneficiaries 😊 Every Ramadhan, BAPA organizes a project to help those in need. Their beneficiaries include the disabled, the aged and those suffering from illnesses that cause them to be immobile during Ramadhan. Every Monday to Friday BAPA delivers iftar meals to the doorstep of the less fortunate to ensure that they have wholesome cooked meals with fruits for dinner, and are able to breakfast at the appropriate time. You can help them by donating or inquire about volunteer work for their Ramadan program.

Contact: +65 6278 7750
Address: 5 Jln Masjid, #01-08/09 Kembangan Court, Singapore 418924
Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Donations: Click here to donate through their website!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. The Gift Community


Credit: The Gift Community on Facebook

The Gift Community (TGC) aims to reach out to the underprivileged through the spirit of gifting 🎁 In conjunction with Ramadan, TGC holds it’s annual Gift-A-Kurung program (the first program they started!), where people are encouraged to declutter their wardrobe of baju kurungs that were hardly used to be given to those less fortunate.

As of now, the have stopped the collection period for Ramadan 2019 but are in need of volunteers to check the quality of the clothes, sort them accordingly, as well as to help out with the bazaar where they will give the raya outfits to beneficiaries ❤️

Contact: info@giftcommunity.sg
Address: 7 Temasek Boulevard #12-07, Suntec Tower One Singapore 038987
Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Alzheimer Disease Association


Credit: Alzheimer’s Disease Association – ADA on Facebook

The Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Singapore (ADA) aims to reduce the stigma of dementia by increasing awareness and understanding of the condition. The end goal is for a society that is comfortable with enabling and involving persons living with dementia to be integrated and accepted in the community and having quality dementia care service 😊

There are a number of volunteer work you can apply for to help persons with dementia through their programs such as helping with museum tours, photography lessons, pottery classes, art classes and singing sessions ❤️

Contact: +65 6293 9971
Address: 70 Bendemeer Road #06-02 Luzerne Building, Singapore 339940
Office opening hours: Weekdays 9am – 6pm
Donations: Weekdays 9am – 6pm
Website | Facebook

4. Beyond Social Services


Credit: Beyond Social Services on Instagram

Beyond Social Services is a platform that is dedicated to helping children and youths from less privileged backgrounds to escape the poverty cycle. Their three programs are Youth United, Healthy Start Child Development Centre (HSCDC) and Learning Is Fun And Exciting (LIFE). Each program is catered for different purposes such as providing a nurturing environment to prevent delinquency, care for children below 6 years old whose parents are less present, and primary school students facing educational challenge respectively ❤️

You can help by giving a donation or offer to volunteer for one of the programs 😁 The volunteer activities with the children range from sharing a skill or hobby, host an event or simply help guide one of the youths.

Contact: +65 6375 2940
Address: 01-42 Jln Klinik, Singapore 160026
Office opening hours: Weekdays 10am – 6pm
Donations: Click here to find out how to donate!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Bright Vision Hospital


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Bright Vision is a community hospital that cares for patients who require immediate and long-term medical care. They also believe is fostering friendship and care to ease the patients’ journey to recover 😊 Their usual volunteer activities include helping patients’ physical activities, group activities, outings with them, and simply being their friend ❤️

Contact: +65 6248 5755
Address: 5 Lor Napiri, Singapore 547530
Office opening hours: 10am – 9pm daily
Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Institute of Mental Health


Credit: YUAN Volunteer Group on Facebook

Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health was founded in 1928 and has been caring for mental health patients since then. The volunteer program by them aims to help the patients feel that they are not forgotten or forsaken by society. Being a volunteer plays a vital role in normalizing their lives ❤️ Among the many things you can do with them are conducting social and recreational activities such as outdoor games and outings, help in rehabilitative activities like gardening and basic social skills, plan and organize events, or simply just come by and be their friend 😊

Contact: +65 6389 2000
Address: Buangkok Green Medical Park, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
Office opening hours: 24 hours
Website | Facebook

7. Lions Befrienders


Credit: Lion Befrienders on Facebook

Lion Befrienders Service Association (LB) was formed in 1995  to help provide friendship and care for seniors to age happily and healthily with community participation ❤️ The organization matches volunteers to seniors nationwide to provide friendship through weekly home visits 😊 They also provide a variety of activities that help seniors stay physically and mentally alert.

Contact: 1800 375 8600
Address: 130 Bukit Merah View, #01- 358, Singapore 150130
Office opening hours: Weekdays 9am – 6pm
Donations: Click here to find out how to make a donation!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Movement For The Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)


Credit: Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) on Facebook

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS) seeks to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens 😊

The organization has many volunteer opportunities to suit how much time you can give to help out. From engaging with the children for a few hours (while their caregivers are out doing chores or errands) to other activities such as reading, writing, or walking around the neighbourhood ❤️

Contact: +65 6479 5655
Address: 800 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149310
Donations: Click here for donation options
Website | Facebook

9. Touch Community Services


Credit: @touchcommunityservices on Instagram

TOUCH was founded in 1986 as a platform for latch-key children in Clementi and Jurong. After a number of years, the organization has grown into one of the largest service organisation with over 18 services, 20 centres, and 24 childrens’ clubs across Singapore ❤️ There are many communities you can help out through TOUCH such as children, the elderly, healthcare and family needs.

You can find out more about their many volunteer programs that run across many communities in Singapore here 😊

Contact: +65 6377 0122
Address: 162 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3545, Singapore 150162
Office opening hours: Weekdays 9am – 6pm
Donations: Click here for donation options!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

10. Willing Hearts


Credit: Willing Hearts on Facebook

Willing Hearts is a group wholly run by volunteers and a handful of staff that operates a soup kitchen. The group prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 meals to over 40 locations in Singapore, 365 days a year! The meals are given to a number of beneficiaries such as the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, children from single-parent families, poverty-stricken families and migrant workers based in Singapore ❤️

Since the group operates 365 days a year, they are constantly looking for extra hands to help out. This includes volunteers to prepare food ingredients, packing of lunch boxes, cleaning and washing, and general help 😊

Contact: +65 6476 5822
Address: 11 Jalan Ubi Blk 6, #01-51 Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, Singapore 409074
Office opening hours: 5.30am – 3.30pm daily
Donations: Find out aboutdoation options here!
Website | Facebook

Bonus: SPCA Singapore


Credit: SPCA Singapore on Facebook

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Singapore has been around since the 1800s! The society aims to prevent vent cruelty and promote kindness to animals and birds 😊 Among the many things that the society does are running an animal shelter for animals in need, 24-hour emergency animal rescue, cruelty and welfare investigations, adoptions, foster care, and educational talks and seminars!

Since it is a large organization, there are plenty of volunteer roles you can pick up at the SPCA! From helping out with shelter animals such as cleaning and feeding to helping out with merchandise sales or be an animal ambassador to the public.

Contact: +65 6287 5355
Address: 50 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore 699012
Office opening hours: 11am – 4pm daily
Donations: Click here to find out about donation options!
Website | Facebook | Instagram

And there you have it – 22 places across Malaysia and Singapore where you can make a difference this Ramadan for you to start with. Of course, there are plenty other organizations around the world that you can help too through other ways 😊 Being a volunteer to help others, whether it be long term or short term, can be physically and emotionally challenging at times. But at the same time, it is one of the most rewarding and memorable experience one can do, especially during this blessed month.

Imagine a young girl receiving her first ever baju kurung after years of battered clothes for raya, a lonely elderly just grateful to have someone to talk to for a few hours, or a family finally having a proper meal for dinner. Each and every one of these gestures, no matter how little they may seem, make a positive difference in their lives and being able to have an impact to give someone a better life should always be something we could strive for ❤️

[P.S. If you’re struggling to find the time, here are some tips to help out the busy Muslim]

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