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The YWCA of Kuala Lumpur is part of a worldwide movement for women’s development founded in the United Kingdom in 1855 by Emma Roberts & Mary Jane Kinnaird, who conceived the idea of a women’s hostel - a safe place in the city where women primarily nurses from the countryside could grow in spirit and fellowship, in preparation for duty during the Crimean War.  This movement would soon spread worldwide bringing a message of empowerment and hope.

Some of the projects run by YWCA KL today include a shelter for women in crisis based in Klang, a pre-school kindergarten for underprivileged children in Glenmarie and an on-site vocational school for underprivileged young women in KL called the VTOC which stands for Vocational Training Opportunity Centre.

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