Our Story

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Theresa

Necessity is the mother of invention.
RUMAH OZANAM is the manifestation of this necessity.

In the mid 80’s The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) embarked on a mission of ‘teaching the poor to fish instead of providing them the fish.’ The aim was to bring them out of the poverty cycle. A program was launched to set up Homes and bring children from poverty stricken areas and broken families and provide them conducive learning and living environment.

This gave birth to the first Home ‘RUMAH OZANAM’ (named after the founder of SSVP, Frederic Ozanam). Today SSVP in Selangor has 12 homes/centers catering to various needs of the less fortunate among us. (see list). All these Homes operate independent of each other but under the auspices of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Society of St.Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is an international lay organization founded in 1833 in Paris. It is established across the five continents in 133 countries, with a current membership of about 900,000. The SSVP aims to help men, women and families break out of their poverty cycle. It is not a benevolent society but works on a person to person basis. (read more)

The SSVP in Malaysia began in 1934 with the first Conference (as our branches are called) in Penang. To-date we have 62 conferences with a membership of 900. The objective of the Conferences is to promote human dignity and integrity.

The primary work of most Conferences in Malaysia is to give monthly subsidies to poor families in the form of food rations, school expenses, bus fares and pay for schooling needs like uniforms, shoes, exercise books and other fees at the beginning of the school term. Aid is extended irrespective of race, color or creed. Another important role is home visits to the needy to evaluate their family needs and become their friends.

While some of the projects receive partial annual financial grants from the Government, all the homes/centers depend on public donations and contributions from benefactors.