SAP and HOPE worldwide Malaysia Announce Program to Improve Opportunities for Underprivileged Youth

SAP Malaysia and HOPE worldwide Malaysia (HOPE), the local chapter of international non-profit organization HOPE worldwide, today jointly announced an education and digital literacy initiative to help underprivileged youths in Malaysia acquire basic educational qualifications, forming the foundation for continued higher learning and creating opportunities for better career options. This initiative extends SAP’s relationship with HOPE to a third country in the Asia Pacific Japan region, where both entities have collaborated on similar education initiatives in India and Indonesia.

Children from low-income families face enormous pressure to leave school and join the workforce prematurely to reduce economic burden on the family. Owing to low educational qualifications, options open these youths are mostly confined to low-paying jobs with little or no career progression paths, thus trapping them in a vicious poverty cycle.

Beneficiary GroupKaty LEE, Executive Director,HOPE worldwide, Malaysia

To help this population group break out of the poverty cycle, SAP will invest close to a total of RM120,000 this year in HOPE Malaysia’s ongoing supplementary education program to provide beneficiaries aged 8 to 18 with free or heavily subsidized after-school tuition and intensive coaching to enable beneficiaries to successfully complete PMR and SPM exams.

The funding will also go towards the set-up and support of One-Stop IT Resource Centres at HOPE’s Kuala Lumpur and Penang premises, providing the HOPE beneficiary community access to computers – a precious commodity in low-income communities – and digital literacy training to improve their longer term employability and economic opportunities.

“Poverty is a crushing condition, but quality education, vocational training and skill acquisition throughout life can be the key to uplift people from life-long economic difficulties and despair,” said Kowshik Sriman, Managing Director for SAP Singapore and Malaysia. “With this program, SAP hopes to help the underprivileged realize their potential and live better lives.”

“We are thankful for the strong support from SAP, which will enable HOPE to serve more people in our community. This program will go a long way -in helping our youths overcome challenging economic circumstances and stressful home environments to complete school and change their lives for the better,” concluded Katy Lee, Executive Director for HOPE worldwide Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur headquarters.

About HOPE worldwide Malaysia

HOPE worldwide is an international, non-profit, non-religious organization established throughout the world. It has grown from 3 programs in 1991 to over 150 programs, spanning 6 continents and 100 nations with focus on 5 areas worldwide namely: Children, Education, Health, Senior Citizens and Volunteerism.

Persatuan Kebajikan HOPE worldwide is proud of our history of partnerships with corporate bodies, government agencies and individuals alike. Together, we are a community in service to the most vulnerable urban poor and needy people in Malaysia, working on a one-on-one, heart-to-heart basis and letting them know they are not forgotten. HOPE worldwide is grateful to share our endeavors in Bringing HOPE and Changing LIVES.