About Malaysian CARE

Rural & Urban Community Development

Addressing Poverty, Building a Just & Equitable Society

Isn’t Malaysia a developing country, rich with natural resources? Why are there poor people? And some seem to be trapped in the poverty cycle for generations, why? There is no one easy answer to these questions. It may range from lack of opportunities, education, mind-set, structural oppression to systemic poverty. Hence, poverty alleviation would require both community development as well as advocacy on policies and structural changes.

There will be no lasting change if the community doesn’t truly desire or own the change process. With this in mind, we see ourselves as partners to the Orang Asli, Sabah/Sarawak native, lowcost flat, squatter and refugee communities we are working with. We focus on empowering people, aiming for long-term development through development programmes that are best tailored to the needs and surrounding elements of that particular community.


• Agriculture Development

The land is plentiful but it can only be sustainably fruitful with effective management and to that end, we partner the Orang Asli communities to setup agriculture projects and co-operatives, where they can be self-sufficient in the place where they feel most comfortable at while maintaining biodiversity. By providing sustainable agriculture research and training for farmers from Orang Asli and East Malaysian natives, they can apply and pass on the knowledge in their respective villages.
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• Economic Development

Our aim is to empower the poor towards financial freedom through financial literacy training, micro-finance and income generation programmes. We facilitated the set-up of Koperasi Sengoi Pribumi Perak, a cooperative for the Orang Asli community which now have over 1,000 members including children. We have also developed a Financial Literacy Programme (FLP) for the urban poor in collaboration with our partners. Since the programme kicked off in 2010, over 800 participants in the Klang Valley have completed or are undergoing the FLP training by our network partners. Over 100 have since started small businesses or other income generation activities.


• Community-based Resource Centre

There’s great fun in safe places! These resource centres are stocked with books, computers, toys, game sets, audio-visual aids and indoor game facilities for youngsters in the community to gather. It is also a place of knowledge with literacy programmes and learning interaction and collaborative skills with other youth. Working with partners, we have set up 4 resource centres – 2 in Klang Valley and 2 in Perak. Since February 2013, we also have a mobile resource centre – ‘Bumblebee’ bringing resources and programmes into various low-cost communities within the Klang Valley!


• Youth Development Programmes

Isn’t football king of sports in Malaysia? With that and frisbee, we’ve fused sports to offer wholistic development experience for the youth in the poor communities. We pair youth awareness programmes (on self-worth, life choices, drugs, gangs, etc.) with community sports. In line with that, we are developing a range of programmes relevant to youth such as pre-vocational and skill trainings.