Reaching Out To Empower The Streets

13 Feb 2017


Reaching Out To Empower The Streets

Reaching Out And Restore (R.O.A.R) x VIVASTARFISH Project Collaboration


Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | 9:30pm

Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur


Volunteers for the YMCA KL Reaching Out and Restore (R.O.A.R) Programme and Staff of YMCA KL arrived at Jalan Hang Lekiu in partnership and collaboration with an established organisation, VIVA STARFISH through the Viva Starfish Project ( #vivastarfishproject ) for a walkabout effort in identifying the needy that makes the streets of Kuala Lumpur their home.






The Viva Starfish Project tackles the social loophole in the issues of both joblessness and homelessness by providing a step-by-step sustainable journey for the individual to return back into society. Their goal is to help empower and provide opportunities for the individual to journey out from the cycle of homelessness into a wholesome and sustainable life, by first allocating jobs and shelter.


The jobs that are currently on offer for candidates through Viva Starfish were: -

1. Restaurant Kitchen work;

2. Water Factory work as loader/labelling/cleaner/ packaging/ lorry driver;

3. Laundry work at Hotels;

4. Factory Worker at Wood Lamination factory;

5. Bottle Warehouse work as Loader/General Worker or Lorry Driver.

After the recruitment process, each candidate will go for a medical test and followed by a job placement, motivation talk, financial literacy program and counselling.


For the YMCA KL Volunteers participating in the R.O.A.R Programme in collaboration with the Viva Starfish Project, interviewing was challenging as much as it was inspiring. Having the patience to understand and communicate with the homeless individuals was also no easy task but they managed to interview 15 potential candidates from the streets with the hope of change and empowerment.


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Know More about R.O.A R

R.O.A.R or Reach Out & Restore is a YMCA KL Community Development Programme initiated three years ago with focus on Learning. It has now evolved to encompass areas of Social Reform. This year onwards the ROAR Programme will be delving deep and working with other Non-Profits / NGOs in the areas of Homelessness and Rehabilitation. We encourage all YMCA KL Members and Non-Members touched by the efforts of this programme to contribute their time as Volunteer or Donors to help sustain the progress of the YMCA KL R.O.A.R Programme.



Signing Up As A Volunteer or Donor?

Contact the Programmes Dept. :

T: 03-22741439 | F : 03 - 22740559 | | |




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