Grade 11 student turns social studies project into mission to help homeless population in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A social studies school project helped inspire a local student to take matters into her own hands when it comes to helping those living in extreme poverty.

Seventeen-year-old Yasmeen Kumar wanted to make a difference and she’s doing just that with her “Helping Homeless Vancouver” initiative.

“We focus on specific social barriers such as cleanliness which is the one we are doing now so we are putting together care packages with things like soap and shampoo, things that people on the streets don’t necessarily have and they need.”

Kumar has raised over five-hundred dollars through online donations to help purchase the packages and plans on handing them out in Vancouver over the upcoming weeks.


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  1. Message to Yasmeen – we want these people to get off the street – so giving them care packages to make living on the street easier doesn’t really fit the objective

    How about we take all the deadbeats that moved out to Vancouver for the easy drugs – and give them a one way bus ticket home … and then take all the mentally handicapped and put them back in supervised care ? that would reduce the problem by a significant amount !

  2. Hey ChrisM …maybe you should start by educating yourself around people who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse issues. Our current government has continued to cut funding for services that would allow people to secure safe affordable housing therefore eliminating options on housing and services. People like Yasmeen see a need..and are attempting to make a difference in someones life providing a little bit of comfort, what are you doing???