Food Program for Poor Students
Pusat Belia’s Alamesra Youth-Prep Centre in Sabah recently started a food program for poor students in Kota Kinabalu who usually feed on a bowl of instant noodles a day. The program, called Belia Ada Hak Makan (“Youths Have Right”) or BAH Makan, is making known to the public of the youths’ right to regular and balanced meals. Started in July, it aims to feed college students from rural communities who are studying in private colleges.
Every two weeks, the students are gathered at the Alamesra Centre for dinner with simple and balanced food and distribution of dry food supplies. This was also a chance for the young people to gather and form youth-for-youth support groups.
Future plans for the program include reaching out to students by going mobile, setting up more food banks, and conducting trainings on budgeting and income generation.