The Happy People Helping People Foundation Provides The Elderly With One Free Meal A Day
They spend countless hours a day collecting cardboard — waking up early in the morning to scavenge them before selling it off to pay their rent and utility bills.
More importantly, it’s also a means for these elderly cardboard collectors to afford their daily meals.
Is it exhausting and grueling on their bodies? Most certainly, but it’s also the only way for them to make ends meet.
However, you can make help make a difference by sponsoring their meals — all thanks to the Happy People Helping People Foundation (HPHP).
Keen on helping? Read on more to find out how you can do so.
Meal sponsorships for the elderly
With over 100 elderly beneficiaries aged between 55 – 91 under their care, HPHP is currently seeking out meal sponsorships for the month of January.
The scheme is simple, donors will be “assigned” an elderly cardboard collector whereby they will be sponsoring his or her meals for a month — or more if the donor wishes to.
At just $3 per meal, this amounts to a total of $93 over the course of 31 days in a month.
The way this works is that Happy Friends meal cards will be given to the beneficiaries. This allows holders to visit a selected economic rice stall within their state to claim 31 free meals over a period of a month.
Furthermore, as HPHP is a not-for-profit foundation, 100% of its funds received will be used to help the needy. Excess funds not spent on food will be used to bring the elderly on outings to places such as fish spas or Sentosa’s Butterfly Park, treat the elderly to buffet meals, or spent on NTUC vouchers which will also be distributed.
To ensure this transparency, all donors are invited to witness the first payment made, where they will also meet their beneficiaries to can get exchange contacts and get to know them better. Currently, all meet ups are organised on the first Sunday of the month.
Unfortunately, anonymous donations are not encouraged as face-to-face meet ups build empathy and lets donors view the world from their beneficiaries’ perspectives.
Those interested can send HPHP a private message with the following details:
- No. of elderly beneficiaries sponsoring
- No. of months supporting
Once again, you can contact them at their Facebook page.
Why isn’t the Government involved?
Some of you might be wondering exactly why such an important issue isn’t being handled by our Government.
Technically, there are schemes set up to provide financial aid to certain elderly — but only if they’re eligible. Even then, the funds – $200 – $300 a month – are insufficient to fully support them.
Then there are those who are not eligible for the following reasons:
- They have children, who don’t necessarily support them
- They stay in purchased flats and refuse to sell due to sentimental value.
As a result, these elderly are often resort to dumpster diving to make ends meet.
About Happy People Helping People
Formed in 2013, HPHP works with economic rice stalls located in estates where the beneficiaries work or live in.
According to The Online Citizen, HPHP was co-founded by Mr Nafiz Kamarudin and two of his friends after a trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Noticing homeless people everywhere, Mr Nafiz described the scene as a “very sad sad sight” and believed there was a need for change and transformation as opposed to simply giving small change as donations.
He also further noticed the poor in countries such as Indonesia and Thailand sleeping on the streets and under highways, which made him determined to actively lend a helping hand.
Initially starting out in Jarkata and KL, HPHP would then focus on the needy and homeless people locally who often fall through the cracks and go unnoticed.
I have seen them in Chai Chee, Bukit Merah, Chinatown etc. They are all over the place. We are in a country where there’s 1 millionaire to every 7 households. To me it’s very sad, and embarrassing to say the least.
He hopes to one day build a homeless shelter in the countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and maybe even Singapore.
If you wish to help out, you can do so at the following:
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.