Hello and welcome to Yayasan Chow Kit’s website!
It gives us great pleasure to share who we are and what we’ve been up to. You’ll get to meet our YCK community and share the activities and programmes with the children, parents and staff. You’ll read and get to know us. Who knows- you may end up being one of our most esteemed volunteers to boot!
A little history to start this journey of yours…
Yayasan Chow Kit was incorporated in 2010 but before this, we were a children’s programme under Yayasan Salam Malaysia, a local NGO which looked at connecting volunteers and corporates to community projects and community needs.
We were then called, Nur Salam, which literally means ‘Light and Peace”- so we were the ‘house of light and peace’ for children or sanctuary.
NurSalam was born out of a need to help and protect the children in and around Chow Kit, who were vulnerable and marginalized. The 3 of us- Raja Azizan and Kak Arfidah, who were married and lived in the area, had worked with the children there for a long, long time and by the time I came to volunteer in 2005, they knew what the children needed most- a bigger space where very poor and marginalized children could seek refuge, even if it was, for a couple of hours a day, eat and sleep and get involved with basic educational and health activities.The three of us put our heads together, and hatched a plan to find this bigger space..
We partnered with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and the Wilayah Social Department and then engaged with other individuals and corporate bodies and NGO partners. We looked for funding- we asked, begged and did everything ourselves.It was a tough, uphill battle when we first started but we kept at it! The rest, is history!
I’m so honoured to be asked to say a few things about Yayasan Chow Kit. I believe and am proud of the accomplishments and how far we’ve grown since the early days. Ananti and her entire team are what’s best about protecting children- nurturing them, loving them, protecting them and their efforts shown in the bright, sunny smiles on very young faces, and in the confidence of young voices, who speak up and say, we matter, every day! Because they do, you know- children…they matter! Children are what’s best about humanity and humility and they teach all of us to be strong and courageous and teach us to share and love!
Enjoy your journey through our website!