During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme.

Programme 1:

52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210 households)

Programme 2:

54 B40 households and 167 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 221 households)

Programme 1

began on the 23rd of October when Iskul received the food supplies that we purchased in 2 boats from provided by Semporna Heroes. Our partner, Wanita Pulau Omadal (WAPO) then helped distribution the food baskets to Omadal’s Malaysian residents whereas Iskul took charge of distributing the food baskets to Omadal’s stateless population.

In a two for one attempt to combat the pandemic and to ensure Omadal’s residents have access to basic necessities, Iskul collaborated with Imaret and Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Semporna (PKD) to provide food baskets for the stateless people who agreed to Covid-19 screening. Once, a stateless person underwent the screening, he/she then collected his/her food baskets in Pondok Iskul for his/her household.

On the 25th of October, the 210 cartons of 1.5L drinking water sponsored by F&N Malaysia and 210 bottles of 500mg Vitamin C arrived in Omadal and were distributed immediately by the Iskul team.

Following the first week’s success, Iskul resumed our food air programme the following week. On the 30th of October, food baskets arrived from our partner, Borneo Komrad, who packed the food supplies on the mainland. Iskul rushed to deliver the food supplies to 122 stateless families on Omadal Island and the remaining households collected their food basket in Pondok Iskul the next day. Our efforts have rippled across the island and on November 5th, the Semporna District Officer provided food baskets to all residents in Omadal. The Iskul Team helped to distribute the food baskets to the stateless families.

Programme 2

began on the 20th of November when the Iskul team distributed food supplies, Vitamin C and mineral water to the residents of Omadal. Similarly, Wanita Pulao Omadal collaborated in distributing the food supplies to the Malaysian households while the Iskul team distributed the food supplies to the stateless families. Our food baskets included one pack of Panggi Kayu 6.5kg, one pack of Rice 5kg, one tray of eggs, 1 comb of banana, 1 watermelon, 1 can of condensed milk and 1 box of tea bags.

We sincerely thank our partners (Semporna Heroes, Wanita Pulau Omadal, Imaret and Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Semporna (PKD), F&N Malaysia, Borneo Komrad) for their efforts and contributions to the Omadal community during these trying times. We couldn’t have done it without your help!