YKPM, founded on 22 September 1993, aims to empower poor communities, both rural and urban, by working alongside them.
Over the years, the Orang Asli-Jakun communities in the Pekan district has become our major focus with development programmes inclusive of literacy classes, house building, provision of safe and drinking water and start-up of income-generating projects. Our secondary thrust involves public policy advocacy and capacity building of grassroots and volunteers.
YKPM’s current major project is our partnership with the Orang Asli communities in Ulu Gumum, Pekan, Pahang in undertaking economy projects (eco farm and eco-tourism). Our partnership with 12 families in this community has established a 2.5-acre organic farm. The main objective of the farm project is to increase the household income of the families involved and to make them equity owners. This community solidarity project aims to build fair societies through fair businesses which preserve the Orang Asli’s culture, environment and dignity. To date, YKPM’s accomplishments include raising the required seed capital, securing agriculture expertise, and the marketing and sales of the eco farm produce.
A “Diploma in Social Work” course has been developed by YKPM, in close collaboration with the Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Association of Social Workers and other voluntary organisations to incorporate social work competencies in the curriculum. The course was launched in mid-2017.
A recent YKPM involvement is the Early Autism Project (EAP). The YKPM-EAP Hope Project works alongside low-income families and their members with autism.
Our on-going initiatives also include urban poor policy research and facilitation of the SDG Alliance.
YKPM Advisory Board includes Datuk Dr Daniel Ho, Mr Ng Eng Leong & Prof Ramy Bulan
YKPM Board of Directors are Tan Sri Dato, Ramon V Navaratnam, Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria & Kon Onn Sein (General Manager)