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UN Malaysia Awards 2018
MyKasih Foundation received the United Nations Malaysia Award 2018 this morning for significant contributions to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The awards ceremony was held at JWMarriot Kuala Lumpur today, 24 October, in conjunction with the 73rd Anniversary of the United Nations (‘UN Day’). For exemplary leadership in promoting the ‘Leaving No One Behind’ principle and reaching those furthest behind by effectively utilising an innovative technology-driven welfare distribution method to reach large numbers of Malaysians in the B40 category, the United Nations in Malaysia presented the UN Malaysia Award for this category to MyKasih Foundation. Established in 2009, MyKasih is a non-profit organisation that mobilises donor finance from public and corporate bodies towards communities who are most in need. To-date, MyKasih has assisted in the delivery of RM240 million worth of aid to more than 260,000 low-income families and students in over 400 locations nationwide, including in Sabah and Sarawak. MyKasih’s welfare distribution system has been successfully adopted by government ministries such as the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and state governments such as Sarawak and Johor states to provide directed and targeted aid distribution. MyKasih has also played a crucial role in facilitating partnerships towards Leaving No One Behind. It teams up with companies, NGOs, social-purpose organisations and the public sector to provide health screening, entrepreneurship training and educational assistance to low income families and school-going children. Through its aid delivery and financial literacy programs, MyKasih’s work has been instrumental in assisting low-income families in Malaysia to break the cycle of poverty. For these reasons, the United Nations Malaysia Award 2018 for contributions to ‘Leaving No One Behind’ around the 2030 Agenda and SDGs is presented to MyKasih Foundation, represented by its Co-Founders, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat and Puan Sri Jean Ngau.
Rotary Kasih Enters 4th Year
Rotary International District 3300 and MyKasih Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 26 June 2018 to further extend the on-going Rotary Kasih Student Life Transformation Programme which was launched in November 2014. The Rotary Kasih Programme capitalised on the fund-raising capabilities of Rotary and MyKasih, which saw the matching of donations to a tune of RM 1.7 million worth of cashless bursaries for 2000 students in 16 schools in Malaysia. The student beneficiaries receive monthly cashless bursaries of RM60 (primary student) or RM80 (secondary student) via their MyKasih smartcard to pay for meals at the school canteen, as well as school uniforms, books, and stationery at the school bookstore. The Rotary Kasih programme leverages on the MyKasih cashless payment system which was developed by DIV Services, a subsidiary of DIALOG Group Berhad. Since its inception in 2009, MyKasih has reached out and channelled RM 240 million worth of cashless aid to 260,000 low-income households, including 16,000 students in over 242 schools. In commemorating 4 years of the Rotary Kasih collaboration, both parties (Rotary and MyKasih) renewed their pledge to jointly raise RM500,000 per annum on a matching fund basis to ensure the sustainability of the programme in the Rotary Kasih adopted schools. The MOU signing and mock cheque presentation ceremony was held at SJKT Kajang, a school which has been supported under Rotary Kasih since 2015. MyKasih smartcards were distributed to new student beneficiaries that same day.
The Store Group's 'Weaving A New Future' donation to MyKasih
On 31st May 2018, The Store Group concluded a public coinbox donation campaign, "Weaving A New Future" which ran from 1 October 2017 to 30 March 2018 in all its 75 outlets nationwide. The six-month campaign raised RM 108,000 which was donated to MyKasih Foundation to support two Orang Asli community learning centres in Gerik, Perak, and Orang Asli families in Sungai Siput and Gerik through the ‘Love My Neighbourhood’ food aid programme. Our Chairman and Co-Founder, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat, said “We would like to express our deepest appreciation to The Store Group for selecting MyKasih Foundation once again as the sole beneficiary of The Store Group’s charity campaign”. Last year, The Store Group ran the same coinbox campaign between the months of April and September, which raised RM 106,000. The sum was channelled to MyKasih to support 110 families in Sungai Siput and Gerik with food aid. Under the one-year food aid programme, beneficiaries receive a monthly allowance of RM 80 through their MyKad account, which can be spent on approved essential food items at participating retail outlets.
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