FedEx Malaysia’s Great Support for Urban Poor Communities

FedEx volunteers join the Food Aid Foundation at Enggang Apartment which aimed to help the Enggang community and two other locations embrace urban farming

As part of its commitment to help foster community empowerment, more than 200 FedEx Express team members participated in two separate FedEx Cares activities in Malaysia recently. The initiatives were held in collaboration with the Food Aid Foundation and INTI International University & Colleges to help address the issues of food security in the underprivileged community at Enggang Apartment in Puchong and education inequality, respectively.

Woon Tien Long, Senior Manager, Operations, FedEx Express (fourth from left) briefs Finance Minister, Yang Berhormat Tuan Lim Guan Eng (fifth from left) on the urban farm initiative as part of the FedEx Cares program

FedEx collaborated with Food Aid Foundation to help cultivate urban farms for the underserved community at Enggang Apartment in Puchong. The programme aims at equippping residents with the necessary tools, resources and knowledge to initiate sustainable food production, therefore easing both their financial and food security problems. Similar urban farm initiatives were also started in two other locations – at the Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang in Penang and Rumah Warga Emas Nur Ehsan in Johor Bahru, for a total of 1,800 sq. ft. of allocated land.

FedEx Cares team (in purple), together with the Food Aid Foundation (in yellow) at the urban farm plot in Penang

The volunteers participated in the urban farming initiative by setting up farming plots. Together with Food Aid Foundation and the community, FedEx volunteers cleared the allocated areas, built raised garden beds and ponds, greenhouses as well as assembled vertical farming platforms. In addition, FedEx also provided financial support for the purchase of crop supplies, such as seeds, soil, nutri-pots, garden beds, equipment and groceries. FedEx and Food Aid Foundation will also be working with the State Agriculture Department to select suitable crops for the targeted communities.

FedEx and INTI volunteers hold a series of workshops over two months at Enggang Apartment to cultivate a habit of learning among children

As part of FedEx Cares, FedEx also collaborated with INTI to provide educational lessons for children at Enggang Apartment over a two-month period. The collaboration with INTI  saw engaging sessions with children, which included lessons in Bahasa Malaysia, English and mathematics as well as various outdoor activities and games to promote soft skills such as teamwork and verbal communication.

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