Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Good Shepherd Sisters founded the not-for-profit organization. Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd (PKGS) in Malaysia in 1960. The mission of PKGS is to reach out to those who are marginalized, especially women, girls, and families, and welcome each person with respect and compassion. The primary focus of PKGS is to work with women and girls experiencing crisis situations. There are two GSVs who work at the PKGS programs in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The volunteers spend their time at two different programs, the Teenage Centre and the Shelter.
The Teenage Centre is a home for teenage girls (ages 13-17) who have experienced some level of trauma, and as a result have some difficulties functioning in the community or in the home. Some girls at the Centre also come from families that are unable to properly care for the children due to financial constraints. The girls receive counseling and tutoring sessions, as well as participate in recreational activities and outreach in the community. At the Centre the girls learn basic life skills including cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, and how to interact with peers. One of the main goals is to ensure that the girls learn personal responsibility and accountability, and are able to manage their emotions in a healthy way. The goal is to help the teenage girls grow as a whole person and become stronger young women for the future.
Good Shepherd Women’s Shelter
The Women’s Shelter provides a safe haven for women and children in crisis. This is an emergency shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence or trafficking. Many of the women have come to Malaysia to be domestic workers, and had to run away from their employers due to abuse. The GSVs support the women and build relationships with them at the shelter. The volunteers assist in planning activities and organize different projects for the residents.