Since its founding, Stop Hunger Now has distributed more than nearly 275 million meals and other aid to recipients in 74 countries–an impressive feat that would not have been possible without the efforts and support of our global in-country offices.
These satellite in-country locations, which operate in Southern Africa, Malaysia, Italy, Philippines, India and Peru, are aligned strategically with Stop Hunger Now’s mission and vision. Our international locations use locally sourced ingredients and local volunteers to package meals for distribution to their community members in need.
This month, we are highlighting the work of our in-country office in Malaysia. Led by Executive Director Tiki Keh, Stop Hunger Now Malaysia has packaged a total of 5.7 million meals from its founding in October 2012 through December 2015. The location’s main areas of work fall under disaster response and transformational development programs.
Here’s a closer look at our operations and impact in Malaysia:
- The majority of meals packaged in Malaysia are packaged by corporate sponsors, civic groups including Rotary clubs, educational institutes and communities of faith.
- A group of 15-20 Malaysian “super-volunteers,” including three CHEFs (Certified Hunger Event Facilitators) are loyal to Stop Hunger Now and willing to serve at meal packing events in Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia. Their dedication to Stop Hunger Now stems from their belief in our vision and mission, and their volunteerism brings so much heart-fulfilling purpose for themselves, and for the those in need.
- Meals packaged in Malaysia are distributed locally, as well as in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Meals packaged in Australia are distributed to the local impoverished aboriginal community and to Papua New Guinea. In China, Taiwan and Indonesia, Stop Hunger Now meals are distributed to the local impoverished community and to natural disaster areas in the respective countries.
- Stop Hunger Now meals are prepared in unique ways in each recipient country. In China, soya flakes are one of the main ingredients in Stop Hunger Now meals. In Taiwan and Indonesia, mung beans are used to replace soya flakes. In the other Asian countries, including Malaysia, lentils replace soya.