Building connections

Second row, third from the left: Dr Sia with the participants of Jalan-Jalan Cari Kawan 

The Street Feeders of Kuala Lumpur organised a street feeding activity titled “Jalan-Jalan Cari Kawan” on 7 August 2019. 

Led by Dean of Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dr Sia Bee Chuan, the activity saw the participation of 25 UTAR staff and students. Among the participants were seven academic staff, namely Low Chin Kian, Dr Chin Hon Choong, Dr Sheelah Sivanathan, Sr Amalina binti Azmi, Nur Hafizah binti Juhari, Nurhayati binti Md Khair, Puteri Ameera binti Mentaza Khan and four administrative staff Ang Shiao Ping, Lee Ann Nee and Ang Shiao Ling. The remaining participants were students from FAM Department of Building and Property Management and Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design. 

The team gathered at the Central Market (Pasar Seni) at 8:30pm. A briefing session was conducted by a volunteer from the Street Feeders of Kuala Lumpur on the activity mission and guide on how to identify and initiate conversation with street friends. After the briefing, with a high spirit of giving back to the community, the team started to walk around (Jalan-Jalan) Pasar Seni, Bangkok Bank area, and alongside Leboh Ampang to look for street friends (Cari Kawan). 

Participants getting ready to deliver food and water to the street friends 

Unlike the usual street feeding programme that merely ends with delivering food and water supply to street friends, the participants of Jalan-Jalan Cari Kawan activity were required to establish rapport with them. The team engaged with the street friends by initiating a conversation with them, while delivering food and water supply to them. 

After a few hours of Jalan-Jalan Cari Kawan, the team returned back to the gathering point at the Central Market. A small sharing session was conducted where the participants shared their experience of building relationships and initiating conversations with the street friends. The event ended successfully at 11:00 p.m. with valuable lesson learnt by the team. 

Held on every first week of the month, the programme focuses on building relationships and conversations, and communicating vital information to the street friends. Essentially, this programme is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in fighting poverty (SDG1), ending hunger (SDG2), ensuring healthy lives and well-being (SDG3), cultivating decent work and economic growth (SDG8), and promoting sustainable cities and communities (SDG11).  

Students building rapport with street friends

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