Health Equity Initiatives (HEI)
HEI’s mission is to promote and protect the health rights of marginalized communities. It was founded in 2007 by a husband and wife team with experience in the health field who recognized a gap in health services to marginalized individuals. HEI currently has a case capacity of 180 individuals and does outreach work to over 1500 people per year. They work primarily with refugees and asylum seekers from Myanmar, Iran, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Most refugees hope for resettlement in a third country such as America, Australia, or the UK. They will need skills to succeed once they reach there. Volunteers can assist in these ways:
- Provide a practical knowledge class to the refugees in the areas of sewing, knitting, or cooking. These skills could help a person find a job in their new country.
- Help teach budgeting skills so that a person is able to understand how to wisely spend a paycheck.
- Provide a lesson on basic hygiene such as correct hand washing or food cleaning to help a person keep a job in a restaurant.
- Share every day pieces of information such as traffic/pedestrian rules or simply have light conversation to improve English skills.
To learn more, go to http://www.healthequityinitiative.org/hei/
Tasputra Perkim is a day centre that officially opened in 1988. The Centre works with, on average, 36 disabled individuals per day. Most of these are children and young people between ages of 2 and 30 although some older individuals also attend.
Those attending the Centre are primarily diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, physical challenges such as blindness, or have a combination of these. It is conveniently located in the Ampang area, very close to Great Eastern Mall and has become a training centre as in addition to seeing to the daily needs of those who attend.
The Centre is looking for volunteers to help in an array of tasks.
- Volunteers to empower and assist the staff. This could be in the form of teaching a staff member basic computer skills. There is no need for knowledge on writing computer programs, simply a demonstration on how the Internet can be used to find new music or activities to do with the children would be greatly appreciated.
- Volunteers to simply “be” with the children. Those who would like to spend a few hours each week completing an art activity, reading to the children, or playing a game.
- Help from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, doctor, nurses, special needs teachers, or those from similar backgrounds, would be especially appreciated.
Director: Hajjah Elihe Norman
3498 Jalan Ampang Hilir 5, Kuala Lumpur, 55000
H/p: 012 2965 865
Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT)
MYCAT is an alliance of four main wildlife conservation NGOs working in Malaysia, namely the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society- Malaysia Programme and WWF- Malaysia.
They have the specific task of trying to save the tiger population in Malaysia. Money donated this year will be used to fund the Citizen Action for Tigers programme. This enables weekend volunteers to spend time in Taman Negara monitoring and reporting on suspicious activities to MYCAT’s Wildlife Crime Hotline, which relays the information to the authorities. Through this programme, MYCAT also collaborates with the local communities to save wildlife and forests while enhancing their livelihoods.
To get involved in the environmental projects, fill out a volunteer form here:
Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR)
ACR is a coalition of 17 ethnic groups working toward a better life for Chin refugees in Malaysia. Two aspects of life that ACR assist with are education and healthcare for refugees.There are opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the school or in the clinic.
If you would like to get involved with ACR:
Location: No. 56 (second floor) Jalan Brunei Utara,Off Jalan Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2145 7632
- Category: Charity work
Openhands is girls’ home supported by ABWM for the past few years. The maximum capacity in the Home is set at 15 girls between the ages of 4-18. The aim of keeping the home small helps ensure the place “feels like a real family home” for the residents. The importance of personal relationships is seen as key to development.
Openhands are currently looking for individuals to give their time in the afternoons to assist the girls with English, maths, and reading skills. The Home is also open to assistance in taking the girls on weekend outings. In the past, individuals have sponsored the girls to go out for lunch, to the movies, or on picnics.
If you would like to be a weekly volunteer or sponsor the girls on a trip, please contact:
Operation Manager: Ms. G Rajeswari - 017 4777 403 or 012 6542 034
Location: No. 9 Jalan Bukit Indah, Taman Bukit Mewah, 43000, Kanjang Selangor.