Teacher Uses Own Money to Buy Food for Struggling Students, Their Families

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This COVID-19 crisis has greatly affected millions of people all over the world, leading to massive job loss and lots of hungry families. It is really sad that these parents wish to provide enough food for their children yet are unable to do it because they lost their jobs and can’t find a new one as most businesses are closed.

Working at St Cecilia’s Convent Secondary School in Sandakan, Malaysia, as counseling teacher, 35-year-old Maisarah Hannan received a lot of messages from her students who confessed that they have been hungry the past weeks because their parents lost their jobs.

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With their parents only being able to afford frugal meals, the kids are having a hard time concentrating on their lessons in school because of their hungry stomachs. A lot have to work on their lessons with an empty stomach.

Many of them are actually more concerned about what they could eat rather than their lessons because they’ve been hungry for many weeks.

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Taking pity on her students and understanding that their families must be hungry, too, the kind teacher decided to donate her salary to buy food for these people. While she was able to provide some struggling students with food, this was not enough because there were still so many who are having a hard time.

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It was quite lucky, then, that her friends and co-teachers learned about her advocacy. Knowing that Teacher Maisarah can’t do it alone, they also offered to help. Many donated a lot of money to the cause and also volunteered to help bring these donations to the far-flung areas that needed food.

Amazingly, they were able to collect enough cash to provide the students and their families with a 10-kg sack of rice, one tray of fresh eggs, and a bag of groceries containing some canned goods, packed noodles, tea, sugar, and even a pack of face masks.

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We are helping as much as we can. Hopefully, this contribution can ease some of their burdens,” the kind teacher humbly explained.

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