Touched by the plight of refugees who aren’t allowed to work in Malaysia, Lim Yuet Kim, together with her friends Ling Sook Shian and Lee Swee Lin decided to make a difference in their lives by setting up PichaEats (previously known as The Picha Project).
It all started when the three of them met a boy named Picha who couldn’t afford to go to school as his parents were refugees and they’re not allowed to gain employment in Malaysia legally. So, the three pals came up with the idea to partner with refugees, enabling them to cook since they’re well-equipped with the skill. That way, they’ll be able to learn about sustainable living and send their kids for education.
Founded in 2016, PichaEats today connects refugees who have cooking skills with companies, organisations and individuals who require food catered for any event. Fifty per cent of the revenue from the business goes to the refugees, which will cover the cost of ingredients and their living expenses. This will give them the chance to not only earn a sustainable living and provide for their families but rebuild their lives as well.
“In total, we have 170,000 registered refugees in Malaysia but in the world, there are about 70 million refugees – and the number is increasing day by day,” says Kim. “Given the chance, I’d like to make a difference to refugees around the world because they deserve the basic rights that most of us are entitled to.”
Kim, who’s also a musician, composer, conductor and guitarist, notes that being a SuperFEMALE means being able to address a social issue like this and create awareness to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
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