Yellow House is a not for profit grassroots community organization dedicated to improve lives to be more sustainable for homeless people, urban poor and refugee communities in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The idea of a non-profit for benefit community came about when our views on giving back to the society seemed to be shared with many out there allowing us an opportunity to give real, substantial and continuous help to the marginalised.
Supported by a strong board of trustees and supportive partners, Yellow House has uplifted more than 100 lives.
The non-profit organization aims to promote volunteerism and social impact amongst some of the social issues faced in Malaysia namely homelessness and people of concern (refugees).
7 years after its creation, Yellow House is now a social enterprise with a thriving international community of 700 volunteers in over 40 countries. In 2017, Yellow House was also one of the host organisation for Volunteering for International Professionals under the Ministry of Finance. With the help of a seed grant, Shyam and Yellow House with a team of 5 volunteers created Unseen Tours Kuala Lumpur, a social enterprise that trains formerly homeless people to lead walking tours in Kuala Lumpur.
Shyam’s career started at Malaysiakini where she was responsible for developing of strategies and marketing initiatives for the online news portal’s subscription department and its 8 other subsidiaries. She achieved 96% of the set revenue target in the first year and maintained the record during her entire tenure at the organization, bringing much needed revenue for the portal to sustain itself, having raised subscription numbers by 104%.
After a 4-year tenure, Shyam left to form her own consulting company, My Khatulistiwa Sdn Bhd. Here, she grabbed the challenge to provide corporate responsibility strategies for GLCs and conglomerates, spearheading numerous triple bottom line initiatives to help businesses grow more predictably and sustainably in complex operating environments. It was whilst here that Shyam and My Khatulistiwa was listed as BFM Top 25 Movers and Shakers in Malaysia and Top Ten Malaysian companies to look out for in 2011.
Shyam is also the founder of Yellow House, a Malaysia-based non-profit organization that assists marginalized individuals uncover new growth opportunities and sustainability. Through her work, she has worked, served and partnered with clients such as Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan, UNHCR, RexKL, Air Asia Foundation, Thinkcity, Citi Foundation, &Samhoud, Tourism Malaysia, Travel360, DBKL and many more on projects ranging from developing new initiatives to help individuals exit homelessness, to designing strategies to assist refuges with sustainable alternate livelihoods.
Shyam derives her energy from connecting with people. She is passionate about building relationships, nurturing global community of volunteers and helping marginalized individuals grow. She actively engages university communities in motivational talks, listed as 10 Women NGO Leaders & Social Entrepreneurs To Watch in 2019 in Malaysia and is a spokesperson for 6 SPCAs under the Canine Advocacy Team.
Shyam’s expertise includes: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, Public Relations, Volunteerism and Voluntourism, Brand Activation, Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate / NGO Partnerships, Community Development, Corporate Communications
Yellow House has hosted more than 800 volunteers since opening its doors 7 years ago. Volunteers come from various backgrounds – from students on gap year to working professionals on sabbatical.
Volunteers comprise mostly from UK, Australia, Canada, America, Holland, France, India, Germany, Italy, South America and South Africa.
The Yellow House programs are designed using risk-based approach. Each program is conducted ethically with best practice and with sustainability as its core values. The programs are also priced across the board, keeping in mind affordability for persons coming from countries with currency value lower than Malaysia.
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