EP #003-2 - Dato' Dr. Hartini Zainudin

EP #003-2 - Dato' Dr. Hartini Zainudin


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.

Let's dive into the untold story of our greatest changemakers for the first episode of The Gamechangers For Good, Dato’ Hartini Zainudin.


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*Disclaimer: The discussions in these podcasts are for knowledge-sharing which should not be proceeded without the permission of the guests. The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the various guests on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of The Gamechangers For Good With Wah Hoo.



Scroll below for Show Notes


“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


Topics discussed in this podcast:


  • 0:00:43 Why it takes a very long time to issue documentation for stateless, refugee asylum seeker and undocumented children
  • 0:03:38 On why and how she decides for adoption
  • 0:10:29 On being childlike and endless possibilities
  • 0:11:56 On her childhood and parents that shaped her into who she is
  • 0:22:25 Grieving and founding Yayasan Chow Kit
  • 0:27:23 On her experiences in New York and becoming a volunteer
  • 0:37:00 On her children - Salim, Khairi, Zaid and Zara
  • 0:46:25 On realizing her dreams of working with children and the work she’s done for children
  • 0:50:50 On helping people in need, dealing with saviour complex and the strength to move on
  • 0:57:36 Building a powerful network of supporters
  • 1:03:06 Becoming a trained fundraiser and mind-mapping to get donors
  • 1:08:00 On books she reads about food security
  • 1:09:30 On finding inspiration and future projects you can support


Resources mentioned in this episode:


Connect with Dato’ Hartini Zainudin - IG | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin

Connect with Yayasan Chow Kit - Website | Facebook I Twitter I LinkedIn I Instagram


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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