- Over 7000 plates of full vegetarian meals were distributed to flood victims in various places in Klang Valley.
Kuala Lumpur : Over 18,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes following continuous rain since Friday 17/12. It made several roads impassable with many stranded overnight in their cars. It is Malaysia’s worst flooding in years . The amount of rain in one month fell in Klang Valley in one day inundating the Greater Kuala Lumpur.
Devotees of ISKCON Kuala Lumpur (ISKCON Malaysia HQ) banded together from 19th to 26th December , prepared sumptuous lunch meals for the flood victims. Together they managed to distribute over 7000 plates of full meals. It was great to see such togetherness and unity amongst all the devotees and volunteers who prepared and packed the lunch for distribution over the 7 days period. The quick disaster relief service response by ISKCON Malaysia team was appreciated by all members of public with many singing praises for ISKCON Malaysia’s noble service.
His Grace Kripa Sindhu Krishna das Prabhu who is the Co-Temple President of ISKCON Kuala Lumpur and the Food For Life Society Malaysia President, mentioned that he felt privileged and happy to see how well everyone cooperated in this flood disaster relief initiative. When he was out on the field distributing the vegetarian food, he saw how appreciative and grateful the multi-racial and multi-religious victims were. It shows a true unity spirit of Malaysians regardless of our background, colour or creed.
HG Rati Gopika Devi dasi, ISKCON Kuala Lumpur Co-Youth Head related how this particular initiative brought the youth together, who relentlessly assisted the main cooks, and even cleaned up the kitchen right after the cooking happily. Everyone was feeling blissful. Many young volunteers from the community also thronged in to help out.
His Grace Gokul Damodara Das Prabhu, ISKCON Kuala Lumpur’s Temple Commander, could not help feeling touched when he saw many stranded without food for more than a day. He appreciated that distributing food is the highest service during such time of disaster. He was happy in leading the distribution operation throughout Klang Valley. Together with his team, he charted the logistics and transportation to the most dire locations.
ISKCON Malaysia sincerely thanks every devotee and volunteer who gave their time, energy and donations for this flood disaster relief effort.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It is a non-sectarian movement founded on principles of Bhakti Yoga ( the Yoga of Devotion). ISKCON Malaysia was established in 1980. Today, there are over 14 registered branches and over 20 active outreach centers nationwide.