Dato’ Dr. Hartini (@tinizainudin9) is a prominent activist who has dedicated nearly three decades to the welfare of marginalized children, and set up the Yayasan Chow Kit child-crisis center. She is an activist who co-founded Yayasan Chow Kit formerly known as NurSalam, the first 24-hour/7-day one-stop child-crisis center in the country. The center is dedicated to providing marginalized and displaced children.
She has worked as a consultant and a member of several humanitarian and refugee-based organizations. Dato’ Dr. Hartini has also been involved in law and policy reforms, as well as training on children’s issues. In 2021, she received the award that was widely known among all social changemakers called Tatler’s Influence Award. The award brings together the region’s most innovative changemakers, industry titans and powerful individuals who are shaping the region through positive impact. She is a strong woman who continues to fight in the face of injustice to create opportunities and space for those in need of shelter.
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“We don’t have time to be jaded. We don’t have time. We can’t be jaded because you know what so many more people need us and if we give up then what’s going to happen? When I decided to do the work, it’s a promise to the people I want to help and myself. That this is what I want to do. We have choices to do other things, but I chose to do this, so I have to fulfill my responsibility. And the whole with privilege comes responsibility takes on a different meaning for me which is you have the privilege of being able to go into other people’s world, who are suffering, and they get to share the story and you’re sharing this story with the rest of the world, which is a privilege and that comes with responsibility, so I failed. I failed that person. I need to learn that lesson and try to do better.” – Dato’ Dr. Hartini Zainudin on soldiering on
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Yayasan Chow Kit: A non-profit organization that caters to the needs of children and teenagers in and around Chow Kit. We currently run two drop-in centres within Chow Kit and one safe home for children who are in need of temporary guardianship.
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