Yayasan Suria JB(YSJB) – Double-masking!
As my WA(WhatsApp) Business broadcasts & Chat Groups go out to some 3,024 people each time I send out my messages, I received some 15 messages and about 10 calls from supporters pleading with me to double mask as I am definately more expose to Covid-19, being on the road daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, occasionally to 10.00 pm depending on situations, 365 days a year as hunger knows no bounds irrespective of any days.
I am touched by the care, love and concern of all of you out there for my safety and well being. Yes, I am more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, I take the necessary precautions as advised by medical experts but having chose the road less traveled and by my own free will to help the people out there in dire needs, on the verge of starvation, it’s my own ‘national service’ to serve humanity.
One fine day I have to go but I go with pride & dignity knowing I have served thousands.
I want to thank my family for their sacrifices in allowing me to be out there daily, knowing the danger and consequences as the Delta variant can hover in the air for some 6 hours. Yes, I know but the desire to serve overwhelms the dangers of this COVID-19 virus.
Since yesterday(27/7/2021), I have decided to double-mask, take all the necessary precautions and go about my duties as normal.
A friend also ordered online some ‘special masks’ for me to wear, more softer fabrics, more breathable and with more protection. Your concern for my safety touches me so much that it moves me to tears. Thank you, thank you.
I do pray daily before embarking on my daily rounds, seeking God’s protection as always telling God that I am doing his work and just walk in faith.
It’s easy to stay home when all is well but when you don’t have a roof above your head and with no food on table, it’s a constant struggle to just stay alive.
I walk, I see and I feel for the people I meet daily, the Homeless, the Poor & Hungry.
Off the tangent now, here are some of the messages/calls I received, unedited.
“Hello , sory ganggu ..ada bantuan lagi ke ? Saya ingin memohon bantuan .. saya betul2 susah sekarang , saya dan suami kehilangan pekerjaan smenjak pkp kerana sektor ditutup.. saya mempunyai 6 tanggungan, anak kecil berumur 7 bulan .. saya pernah dapat bantuan jugak awal bulan lepas , tapi bekalan saya dah habis .. saya harap cik dapat memba tu saya 😥”
(Sorry to disturb, still have any help that you can offer. I am really suffering.
My husband lost his job since MCO because the sectors were closed, I have 6 mouths to feed, the youngest being 7 months old, I have obtained help from you early last month but food provisions are finished now and hope you can really help me 😢)
“hi mr james…im so sorry to disturb u again and again..i hope maybe u can help me again this time…i really need help for me to continue survive…i really out of source of income.. hopefully u can help me for me to buy some food stock..i can buy egg and rice also enough for me..i have nothing right now mr james.. only this left in my saving now. 1.43”
I received a call from a lady yesterday(27/7/2021) saying she was on bread and water for 2 days already with nothing else left in her kitchen now.
Of course, I shall be attending to these cases immediately but these are the real and desparate scenarios at ground zero.
But how long can these people who are on the verge of starvation go on, NGOs/NGIs have limited resources and can only help so much, I dread the day when help is not forthcoming to the Poor & Needy, then what will happen?
With a family of 6 hungry mouths to feed, no jobs not because they are lazy but there is none as I do get requests to look for jobs for the jobless but it’s never easy due to scarcity as a result of the lockdown.
What will happen eventually? Social unrest?
I really don’t know but meanwhile, I shall continue to do what I have been doing – serving with L❤️ve & Humility as always.
Life goes on. It’s another day soon as usual, running around from place to place, non-stop, always having something to do, doing them with passion, clocking some 5,000 to 6,000 km a month in my Toyota Hilux.
“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”