Reach Out was formed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April, 2008. The organizations volunteers have established their unique vision to deliver this humanitarian need, incorporating its fundamental core principle, that volunteers of all races and religious partake in assisting those who at this time can not assist themselves.
Our volunteers have now expanded operations to include humanitarian assistance in other areas outside of Kuala Lumpur, and to raise awareness of the causes of rural and urban poverty through educational briefings at schools and to assist schools in establishing their own community programmes, taking part in exhibitions and social awareness events, training and assisting corporate organizations in establishing their own Community Responsibility Programmes.
Since April 2009, the organization supports families outwith the main city of Kuala Lumpur, through a programme of providing food supplements, household goods, breakfasts for children attending school, and clothing in order to allow families to take the next step towards self sufficiency.
As part of the organizations development from dealing with the symptoms of poverty to also addressing the root cause, Reach Out has since May 2009, embarked on a campaign of awareness of issues at the base level, those of abuse of women and children, domestic violence, abandonment, kidnap and trafficking in women and children.
Reach Out also aims to raise awareness of the causes of urban and rural poverty by educating on the need to stop and prevent violence and discrimination against those that are not able to protect themselves.
These programmes include ‘The White Ribbon Campaign’, ‘Imagine A World Without Violence’,’ Truth & Justice For All’, but is not restricted to these as Reach Out will support all legal campaigns globally to end the causes of suffering.
Our organisation has a clear focus to deliver its mission of providing nutrition, medical support, a place of refuge, and the training skills for the homeless to re enter and contribute to society. This will require the continuation of the street food programme, a permanent building to offer food and communal services, (Soup Kitchen), and a further building to become the centre for rehabilitation, (Nurture Centre).
The direct contact with the people who live a “street existence” has been invaluable in gaining their trust and gathering information on their needs. As a result of these observations we have established a need to treat not just the symptom (hunger) but the cause (poverty). It is clear that there are people willing and able to re enter society if given the opportunity – they just need to be shown the way