COVID-19: Local and International students get help from Yayasan Harapan Negara

KUALA LUMPUR — During the Movement Control Order, we had witnessed the generosity of non-governmental organisation coming forward to assist people in any form they can.

Even scores of NGOs raced to help our frontliners by contributing PPE suits, food sponsorship, and other important items.

It does not stop there, even B40 families affected by the MCO and foreigners were equally benefited from NGOs in terms of food sponsorship, getting basic essential goods, and so forth.

In this story, another local NGO had extended its help to students from local and overseas, especially those who were stranded in private colleges and universities.

Yayasan Harapan Negara, a local NGO based in Kuala Lumpur started to help the students when they heard that some students from local and overseas were stranded and had difficulties in buying food or other basic items that can be used to cook.

When the news was shared with its founder Datuk Simon Suresh V, without hesitating, he and his volunteers arranged to offer their assistance to the affected students.

Datuk Simon told One Malaya that over 1500 students benefited from his project dubbed as “Helping the Needy during MCO’.

Among the international students benefited are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Iran, Irag, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, and others.

Some of the notable college students come to study privately using their own money and sponsored by families back home.

These students come from private colleges such as SEGI university in Kota Damansara, SEGI Subang Jaya, SEGI KL, INTI, IIUM, Help College, UNISEL, Olympia College, Lim Kok Wing University, APIC college, Point college and many more.

He said that the students benefitted from Yayasan Harapan Negara in the form of grocery aid which can be used during the MCO period.

Since Phase One of the MCO announced on March 18, his team has been diligently moving around to dispatch the items to the affected people.

Additionally, Datuk Simon and his team helped over 100 families in PPR Seri Semarak and PPA Desa Rejang area.

Datuk Simon believes that when he started his national NGO it is mainly to help anyone from poor families and needy people out there.

Even for breaking fast, his NGO sponsored Muslim students, workers, and Muslim families in terms of grocery and food items.

He hoped to continue his journey and mission to help all walks of life without prejudice.

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