Taking off from Love beyond Boundaries, Kitchen of Hope Feeding the Soul in community engagement project by International Medical School students of Management and Science University (MSU)
Over ninety undergraduates from the Management and Science University (MSU) International Medical School (IMS) Bangalore campus came together to help slum dwellers of Mathikere, India.
Carrying the University’s cultures of volunteering, giving and grateful, their Kitchen of Hope project set out to raise the community’s wellness and welfare from abject conditions whilst cultivating creativity, competency, communicative ability, and compassion in the future doctors.
Dietary habit, clean water, and proper sanitation hold the key to health preservation but with the slum’s overcrowding as well as lack of basic amenities and health facilities, its inhabitants face constant threats to their health. Health education thus numbered among their greatest needs and was made top priority.
Kicking off the Kitchen of Hope 2018 edition was a gotong-royong effort at sprucing up the slum surroundings, with cleanliness and hygiene promoted as the first line of defence against disease. Children were shown the proper way to wash their hands and brush their teeth and health checks were meted out. Food items such as flour, bread and biscuits were distributed to help meet the basic necessities.
The ground exposure the community engagement accorded brought the realities of a people in dire need up close, driving home the importance of volunteerism and charity for fellow human beings. The care extended was well received, with the residents expressing their hope for more visits to come.
Kitchen of Hope Feeding the Soul was organized by the Management and Science University (MSU) International Medical School Association (IMSA). Participating in the starter edition were the first, second, and fourth year students on the MBBS programme, led by Project Director Wan Aishah Farhanah Meor Baharudin. The 2018 inaugural project followed on the success of the Hope Project series themed Love Beyond Boundaries which began in 2009.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is offered at both the Shah Alam and Bangalore campuses of Management and Science University (MSU). IMS Bangalore is the first Malaysian offshore medical school to receive a five-year accreditation from the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), who recently welcomed IMS Dean onboard. Management and Science University (MSU) is also recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Maldives Medical and Dental Council (MMDC).