Home-grow vegetables kit to raise funds for MySkills Foundation

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Nov 2021:

A recent fundraising venture is aiming to help Malaysians better manage food costs with the purchase of the Vegetable Grow Kit and organic fertiliser – which are products from the students of MySkills Foundation.

With every kit sold – via Lazada and Shopee – “this will help us continue our mission of transforming the lives of our beneficiaries through our Holistic Transformation Skills Training which has helped more than 900 youths better integrate into society over the past 10 years,” said MySkills Foundation chief executive officer Devasharma Gangadaran in a statement.

This effort, launched with the support of 3M Malaysia, will see 100% of the sales profit going to benefit beneficiaries of MySkills Foundation – that consists of at-risk youths.

“The lack of job opportunities and rise of food prices during the pandemic has raised concerns over the livelihoods of the B40 community in the country,” noted Devasharma.

“Our beneficiaries fall under this category and we saw that many of them did not have access to the bare necessities of life – food and education. This lack could potentially push them to be further be at-risk physically, mentally, emotionally, and socio-economically.”

He pointed out that an analysis commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund suggests 19% of children (1.77 million) in Malaysia live in relative poverty.

With funds raised, MySkills Foundation’s education and training programmes aims to promote sustainable agriculture as well as enhance the vocational and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge among the youths – so that they can become economically independent and responsible citizens.

Leveraging on the existing plot of land within the MySkills Campus in Kg Baru Sejantung in Kalumpang, MySkills Foundation cultivated a farm where the youth beneficiaries were educated about multi-crop farming and composting food waste to be turned into organic fertiliser.

Besides being used for capacity building and training for the youths, the US$50,000 (RM 201,685) grant from 3M was also used to purchase machinery and equipment needed for the commercialisation of the organic fertilizer as well as raw materials needed for the farm and Vegetable Grow Kit.