NGOs are important players on the social community scene.
They work for improving the lives of vulnerable social communities.
They promote brilliant ideas on how to improve the education.
They lobby for cleaner, green energy.
The list can continue indefinitely - integrating corporate social responsibility, improving the lives of patients suffering from psychiatric diseases and many more.
Throughout the world, NGOs are founded every day with clear missions on how to better serve the society we live in.
The question is - how does Malaysia rank when it comes to its NGO activity?
You might be surprised, but Malaysian NGOs are not only having a positive impact but they are also promoting an inclusive, open-minded culture which makes their volunteers feel appreciated and their work made meaningful.
Let us explore some of the most impactful NGOs from Malaysia and how their work impacts the society as a whole. In no particular order, here they are...
Malaysian NGO #1 - SOLS 24/7 Malaysia
SOLS 24/7 is one of the best humanitarian organization in Malaysia, with many awards to prove their influence.
Founded by Teacher Raj, an all-around Renaissance man and an inspiring leader himself, SOLS 24/7 is an organization committed to serve, educate and empower poor and under-served communities.
SOLS 24/7 offers a wide range of services and programs to different social categories - from offering free community education to housewives, children and adults to serving other NGOs to improve their productivity.
The team behind SOLS 24/7 works unconditionally towards aiding the under-served communities in developing their true potential and break the cycle of poverty.
They even developed and use custom-designed models and tools for education (such as Science of Languages, Science of Technology and Science of Life).
Malaysian NGO #2 - EPIC Homes Malaysia
Founded by John-Son, this Malaysian NGO is one of the most hands-on organizations out there - literally.
EPIC stands for Extraordinary People Impacting Community. Their main project, EPIC Homes, is an initiative to empower ordinary rural people to build sustainable homes in a short timespan of just three days with the help of the volunteers.
The reason behind this is not just to offer a comfortable shelter for families living in the rural area but also to develop and strengthen the relationships with the rural poor while doing so.
This is also revolutionizing rural development while offering an unforgettable experience for the volunteers.
Malaysian NGO #3 - EcoKnights Malaysia
Founded by Yasmin Rasyid, EcoKnights focuses on increasing environmental education and awareness. The organization provides and delivers development and environmental interventions to Malaysian communities, government agencies, educational institutes and companies.
By implementing strategic partnerships and collaborations, EcoKnights works across trans-disciplinary fields to build bridges towards achieving sustainable development for Malaysian communities and companies.
EcoKnights also strives to increase community engagement and development, hence increasing the social cohesion and collaboration between people in the Malaysian society.
Malaysian NGO #4 - Fugee School
Founded by Deborah Henry, Fugee School is an inspiring NGO doing remarkable work.
The purpose of this organization is to ignite the endless passion for learning and growing in every child.
Fugee School wants every Fugee student to realize their full potential by equipping them with the right academic, creative and life skills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion.
Fugee School thinks that education is the key which can open doors to a brighter future - who could argue with them?
Today, Fugee School works very closely with the refugee community in providing 160 students from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Palestine with an education for the future.
There are many other notable Malaysian NGOs making a substantial impact which have not been mentioned here - organizations such as Free Tree Society, UNICEF, WWF, Amnesty International and others.
As the Malaysian economy develops more and more, the social consciousness will also grow, leading to even more NGOs and social activities which aim to improve the quality of life of everyone involved.