Humans of Kuala Lumpur – Reaching out to Humanity


Humans of Kuala Lumpur (HOKL), a social media based photojournalism project that photographs and tells the stories of the people of KL and Malaysia,  documents the transformation, changes and diversity of our people with portraits that present a personal, unique, touching, intimate and human glimpse of the humans living in KL and Malaysia, photo by photo. For DIverseCity 2019, HOKL activated their Speaker Series for the duration of their exhibition at The Intermark KL. Here are their story-tellers:


Rijve Arefin is a youth activist and a quality education campaigner, who is the Founding Co-Chair of the global, youth-led, voluntary organization “Awareness 360,” that empowers young people in 23 countries to do community service in line with the global goals.



Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist from Bangladesh, with a vision to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for everyone. After losing her mother to diarrhea, Shomy initiated Awareness 360, which champions social change in 23 countries.



Alaa Bakar hails from Syria and has been living in Malaysia for 9 years. His passion to volunteer with the Refugee community led him to start Give and Go, a social enterprise that empowers the refugees in Malaysia.


Jane Teoh is an Accounting and Finance student and was Miss Universe Malaysia 2018. She is an advocate against cyberbullying and champions a kinder Internet with her #daretoshout campaign.



Ca-Ryn is a practicing lawyer and co-founder of Reconnect & Recharge, a social movement that champions self-care and meaningful human connection. Her great passion is in designing experiences and empowering others to increase self awareness, to express authentically and to recharge themselves.


Linda is a wheelchair-bound social influencer who found her passion in modelling. She is an advocate for wheelchair-bound Malaysians and fights for their equal rights and treatment. She is also an accomplished motivational speaker who aims to inspire others with her life journey.


Maladavi is an advocate, trainer and consultant on Montessori Methodology and has experience working in Thailand, Indonesia, India and Australia. When her daughter, Visha, was identified as a slow learner, she was determined to provide a holistic learning experience for young children and founded Davi Consultant and MDC Training.

Visha is a mental health advocate and an accomplished writer, having published a book on her experience as a Schizophrenic patient. She is also a budding make-up artist and fashion designer, who is currently passionate about floral designs and would not let her mental health get in the way of achieving her dreams.



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