97% of low income families can't afford healthy foods for their kids
Pandemic and inflation have worsened their situation.
Struggling to Provide Basic Needs
Even prior to the pandemic, low-income families have been struggling to make ends meet.
That includes food, housing, healthcare and education.
“I took on a few jobs.
But times are tough.”
They’re often accused of being lazy. However, in reality, they work multiple low paying jobs for long hours with no safety nets.
Pandemic shook their foundation even further. They ended up with reduced income and buried under immense debt.
Cash Assistance is Effective and Empowering
We believe people living in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives.
Cash assistance enables that choice.
HOW ARBA FOUNDATION HELPS
Screening and Quality
Applications are received through online forms with required documents and proof attached.
Long-Term Cash Assistance
Home visits are conducted to make direct observations on the home environment, family relationships and lifestyle before agreements are made.
Monthly spendings are tracked to monitor their priorities and behavior to ensure progress.
UNITED NATIONS SDG
Sustainable Development Goals is 2030 Agenda adopted by all United Nations providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth.
ARBA Foundation is committed towards contributing to this agenda.
Do ARBA Foundation actually deliver formula milks to mothers from low-income families?No, this project is designed to support mothers from low-income household to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Strictly no formula milk or related products are involved in this project.
What is the latest progress of this project?Following the halt imposed by Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order, Projek Susu Ibu operations have now resumed in Kelantan which record the highest cases of stuntedness among children in Malaysia.
Who will decide on the destination and budgets?ARBA Foundation and the families will discuss the appropriate destination and budgets for the trip. We want the families to create long-lasting memories with their children thus the trip will be unique to each families.
Can any underprivilege family applied to be part of this project?No, this project is an extended project after Nadi and Adiwira thus only families that are under Nadi can be part of this project.
Why cash assistance instead of goods?As we communicate regularly with the families under our care, we realise that each family have their own unique struggles and circumstances. Understandably, different family have different preferences, or due to certain sickness, they have a certain diet or food intake to observe. Some, paying rent is the first thing on their list each month, while for others is to obtain certain treatment or medication. The priorities and commitments of each family are different hence we let the family decide how they want to spend their monthly cash assistance based on their priorities. Besides its efficiency, cash assistance also empowers them to take charge and manage their finances better.
What happens if the families don't send their proof of monthly expenditure or updates progress to ARBA Foundation?We will contact them to verify their current situation. If it is for an unacceptable excuse, they will be disqualified from the Nadi project.
How does ARBA Foundation ensures that the cash assistance is appropriately used by the families?First, each family that are accepted for Nadi project are thoroughly verified. On top of that, each family must send proof of their monthly expenses for us to keep track of their spending behaviour, priorities and progress financially. Once we had verified their submission and get updated on their current situation, then only the families will receive the cash assistance for the following month.
Can any children apply to be part of this project?No, as for now this project is an extended program for children from families under Nadi project. This project aims to focus on their educational progress and outcome.
What are the age range of the children involved and the areas of interest that are included?We cater for schooling children. The age varies from 5 to 17 years old. The areas of interest depend on their individual talents and skills. It covers sports, music, arts, sciences, languages, cultures and more.
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