Mr Luah Aik Huat, 50, is one of NKF’s five ‘Kopi Kakis’. Since January, he has been brewing fresh coffee at NKF’s very own Kaki Corner located at NKF’s HQ. Mr Luah was formerly from the food and beverage industry, hence he is no stranger to making drinks. He leapt at the opportunity to man the Kaki Corner as he had always been keen to pick up new methods of brewing coffee.
Mr Luah is grateful for the opportunity to be a barista as he has had trouble finding work. With the current COVID-19 situation, Mr Luah is thankful to be working at the Kaki Corner as other places have cut down on hiring.
As a kidney patient, it is tough enough finding employment that accommodates the dialysis schedule. On top of having to dialyse, Mr Luah is also an amputee. He admits that he felt some anxiety initially about being at the café as he has not worked for about a decade since he took ill.
“This is a good opportunity for me to slowly adapt to working again. The training I underwent before taking on this role also helped refresh my memory of being in F&B and also gave me more confidence. I’m thankful for this chance as it is not easy for people like me, with chronic illnesses and disabilities, to find work.”
Kaki Corner is part of NKF’s patient employment programme to equip them with F&B skills and experience to aid their reintegration into the workforce and society. At the same time, it also provides the opportunity to socialise with others from the community. The beverages at Kaki Corner are sold at a ‘pay-as-you-wish’ basis and all proceeds go towards supporting our needy patients.
“I’m thankful for this chance as it is not easy for people like me, with chronic illnesses and disabilities, to find work.”
– Mr Luah Aik Huat, kidney patient who is determined to work and contribute back to society