“We fed about 100 people who were homeless, jobless, drug users and people who were affected or infected by HIV. The free vegetarian meal is to engage the homeless people living with HIV or AIDS and to ensure they adhere to their medications,” she said.“We also use this opportunity to get to know them and their concerns, teach them about their basic rights, how to use condoms and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases,” she added. Through the free meals, the NGO was able to reach out to the people who needed help and provided them with the knowledge and skills through their classes. “We try to empower them, give them the strength to face the world. We also introduce them to our contacts and help them find employment in places such as Tesco hypermarkets, McDonald’s fast-food chain, hotels and packaging lines.
“I am happy to see that many are gainfully employed now and have no reason to come to the Centre anymore,” she said.People who come to the Centre often suffer from depression and drug abus. Many have been victimised by violent, homophobic people who harass and abuse them at every available opportunity. To learn more about the work of PKKUM, please visit https://pkkum508143069.wordpress.com/