Stevens Chan is Shining the Light on Blindness in Malaysia

Stevens Chan is Shining the Light on Blindness in Malaysia

In 2002, Malaysian native Stevens Chan was diagnosed with glaucoma. He didn’t know he had an eye disease, let alone one with no obvious symptoms, no cure, and which often leads to blindness.  His vision loss occurred quickly. In just 5 years, he was blind. Stevens’ experience led him to establish a Malaysian branch of Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise that works to increase public awareness around preventable blindness and support individuals with visual impairments.

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This Human Library is Challenging Stereotypes

This Human Library is Challenging Stereotypes

I recently checked out my first book from the Human Library: Homelessness. I read it in an open courtyard next to the Impact Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was likely the most honest and direct conversation I’ve had with a fellow human who has experienced homelessness.

Confused? So was I, until Turisaina (Turis) Tukiman clued me in.

Turis is the Operations Lead at Human Library in Malaysia. Originally created by a group of young activists in Copenhagen, the Human Library is now a global movement. It’s purpose is to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

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Azam Hisham: Inspiring Small-Scale Sustainability at Biji-Biji

Most people would walk into an office covered in trash and see a mess. Azam Hisham sees an opportunity to change the world.

Welcome to Biji-Biji, one of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s fastest-growing maker spaces and sustainability initiatives. Founded by 29-year old Malaysia native Azam Hisham and three friends–Gurpreet Singh Dillon, Rashvin Pal Singh, and Zoe Victoria–Biji-Biji is on a mission to create and inspire.

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Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated by sewage and unsafe to drink¹. Approximately 3.5 million people die each year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation².

Since launching H2GO in 2011, Dr. Rajiv Bhanot has brought clean drinking water to over 1.5 million people, and not just for one day, but for years. Here’s how he did it.

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Kuhan Pathy: The Food Truck for Malaysia’s Homeless

Kuhan Pathy: The Food Truck for Malaysia’s Homeless

Over the last five years, the food truck industry has become a global phenomenon. Malaysia is one country at the forefront of this trend, especially in the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

However, when you think “food truck” you probably don’t think “charitable” or “social impact.” But what if eating from a food truck also helped to give back to society? Well, Masala Wheels does exactly that. Launched in October of 2015 as Malaysia’s first social enterprise food truck, Masala Wheels sells affordable, flavorful, Indian food and uses 100% of their net profits to feed the homeless.

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