After learning that many of her students are struggling hard with having no food at home because their parents don’t have money after losing their jobs, one teacher took it upon herself to buy them food using her own money! After learning about her advocacy, many of her co-teachers also donated so they can provide more food to more students.
As school counselor of St Cecilia’s Convent Secondary School in Sandakan, Malaysia, Maisarah Hannan received a lot of messages from students that they are having a hard time at home because they have no food. A lot are struggling with their lessons for their online studies, yet many are more concerned with their hungry stomachs.
She knows she can’t save them all or feed everyone who needed food, yet Maisarah knew she can make a big difference to the lives of those she could help. So, using her own money, Maisarah bought bags of groceries to feed these struggling students.
She would even take the trip to the squatters’ areas and far-flung villages to personally deliver the food to her poor students. After learning about what she has been doing with her money, a number of her friends and fellow teachers also offered to help.
With more money pooled from their own salaries, these kindhearted teachers were able to provide more food to the students. Aside from 1 tray of eggs and a sack of rice, they also gave various canned goods, noodles, packs of face masks, and other items to each of the students.
Clearly, the food and other relief goods were not just for the individual students but also for their families. Truly, these teachers have become their students’ second parents and are doing their best to save these students, not just by nurturing their minds but also feeding their hungry stomachs.
Kudos to Maisarah and all these wonderful teachers!