Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI) is a project-oriented voluntary charitable organisation dedicated towards addressing the welfare and needs of women, children and the elderly. For 50 years PERTIWI has played a vital role in providing various forms of assistance. Including lobbying for women's rights in Malaysia as well as educating, nurturing and empowering women, while maintaining their traditional family role. Some of PERTIWI's social missions and welfare activities include the provision of literacy skills and education awareness seminars, the provision of medical aid to remote villages, sponsorships for educating foster children, and the provision of skills training for single mothers, amongst other programmes.
PERTIWI's activities are run by a central committee and by groups of volunteers from all walks of society. To help extend its reach into the community, PERTIWI commenced its mobile soup kitchen project in 2010 to provide free meals and other assistance to the homeless and urban poor community in Kuala Lumpur.
Soup kitchens provide an important way to give back to the community by offering healthy meals to those who are in need. This project works towards the following objectives:
- To distribute basic pre-packaged healthy meals and clean water 4 nights a week in the inner-city neighbourhoods where various recipient groups are located.
- To raise awareness on the number of homeless and urban poor in our city.
- To encourage corporate and media sponsorship, as well as regular volunteer participation to feed the hungry.
PERTIWI Soup Kitchen provides a humanitarian food-aid service to the homeless and urban poor irrespective of race or religion. By interacting with various destitute inner-city communities on a regular basis, additional support has been given to assist those who are ready to become more independent. Meanwhile, our mobile medical service under PERTIWI Health Services helps those who seek basic treatment for common ailments.
Soup kitchens can be found in many of the world's cities. They exist to provide basic meals to those who go hungry, not because they are lazy or are looking for handouts, but because they simply cannot get enough food or proper nutrition. Those in need may include children, their parents and the elderly. Malaysia's economic success and prosperity has ensured that hunger is not a matter of not having any food at all, but whether those in need are getting enough food on a regular basis and whether we care enough to provide food to them. PERTIWI Soup Kitchen project was established to provide regular meals at various locations around Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis. This community outreach effort was established and continues to be managed by Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI), one of Malaysia's longest running NGOs, with the support of corporate and individual sponsors.