3 Startups That Are Going the Extra Mile During MCO
Doing their part to help our frontliners
For most of us, staying at home is the best way to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Though, not everyone gets the same privilege in this nationwide battle against the pandemic, especially our precious frontliners.
With limited resources and increasing pressure to curb the virus, our frontliners, such as the doctors, nurses and authorities need all the help they can get to put an end to this dreadful MCO.
But it is within difficult times that Malaysians find a way to band together and help one another. So, we’ve compiled a list of startups that are lending a helping hand to our unsung heroes:
- Relate Malaysia
With a mission to “emphasize the importance of mental health, and to promote effective and accessible prevention and interventions for all Malaysians”, Relate Malaysia stresses that there is no health without mental health.
Extending their vision to ensure Malaysians live mentally healthy lives to the current situation, their team of clinical psychologists had previously fundraised to subsidize 50% of their usual rates to MOH frontliners who are vulnerable to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Recently, they have also been organising Evening Chats sessions for those who are feeling overwhelmed due to the MCO. This provides the opportunity for people at home to join their support group with clinical psychologists for free.
Launched in 2018, Kiddocare is a startup that provides trusted babysitting services to support working parents.
In light of Covid-19 and MCO, Kiddocare has teamed up with Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR) to raise funds for their babysitting services.
This initiative, which is recognised by Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM), aims to subsidise 75% of their services for medical frontliners such as doctors and nurses while they carry out their indispensable duties.
Ever since the extension of MCO, they have been receiving overwhelming requests from frontliners who require nanny services, and donations will help them obtain personalized care for their children.
Speedhome is a Malaysian platform for property listings which connects landlords to tenants. Throughout the MCO, this startup is offering a month-long free stay for Covid-19 frontliners such as doctors and nurses and other medical staff.
They have opened up their rental properties near 11 hospitals within Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor for this initiative.
Besides shortening the commute of our frontliners, this initiative also aims to give health workers more time to recharge for their next shift.
With great startup ideas, come great responsibilities to give back to the community especially in times of need, and their good deeds will surely be remembered.
For the rest of us who would also want to contribute to the fight against Covid-19, join the #kitajagakita initiative to donate, volunteer or even both. Just logon to www.kitajagakita.com and find out how you could help!