“Of the near 300 Orang Asli households, more than 90 are women-led households and were in dire condition. Their needs were greater than the rest and no assistance whatsoever had reached them,” Jasmine said.Provisions were distributed in three phases to ensure there is no wastage. “It was a meaningful and worthwhile exercise. Feeding the hungry and the poor is not just an act of benevolence, but a spiritual experience.” she said.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to provide for all of them but the beauty of it all, were the stories we heard of how those who received the provisions, shared it with the others in the village,” she added.“The first time the provision arrived, we found that the villagers were not wearing masks because they did not have the means to purchase them. So, when we went there the second time for distribution, we provided them with masks a well,” she said. She said the Orang Asli community speaks mostly in Semai dialect and only a few can speak in the national language, Bahasa Malaysia. “They expressed their joy through their beaming faces and some even broke down, as they received the provisions after many days of starvation. The children were overjoyed to get the cream crackers and the green grams to make sweet porridge,” she added.