Posted on March 31, 2011, Thursday
LAWAS: A district day care centre for children with special needs ( OKUs) is working closely with the relevant authorities to provide training and guidance since it opened early this month.
Datuk Dayang Morliah Daud Awang Daud who is Perkim Lawas branch chairperson and Sabati secretary said this is the first step of providing the much needed care, attention and education for this special group of children here.
She urged parents to send their children to the centre to enable them to be trained and empowered with skills for the later to be more self-dependence and educated.
The centre in town has started with a pioneering batch of 10 participants, and this would gradually be expanded correspondingly with the demand and manpower required.
“We are appealing to parents with OKU children to given them a chance to get the training and guidance as the centre is working closely with the Health Department and other authorities,” she said.
The centre is also engaging parents to learn the proper ways of caring for these children as advised by doctors from Lawas Hospital which is also training the staff on good practices of managing and training.
The centre has decided to start with 10 trainees and is in the process of getting the services of trained teachers and staff in the respective needs of these groups of handicapped children.
Morliah, who is also the centre’s chairperson, visited the centre yesterday to hand over personal donations from herself and her husband Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, who is also Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management.
The Lions Club Lawas and Syarikat YWP Corporation Sdn Bhd represented by managing director Gordon Chung Pei Nam also stepped forward with their donations to support this centre in caring for the OKU children.
Morliah, said the registration as a Community Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) with the authorities has already been undertaken and it is waiting for the approval.
“We are in the process of getting experts to help guide these kids in living skills and self-dependence, enabling them to hopefully be involved revenue-generating activities such as agriculture, livestock farming or any other skills which can earn a living,” she said.
She said that many corporations, NGOs and individuals are eager to contribute towards the centre to care and empower the less fortunate children in the district and the committee is working securing a permanent premise for this charitable cause.
Accompanying her in the visit were Lawas District officer Mohd Supaih Hamdan who is also the committee deputy chairman, Florida Angelia Sim of the Education Department, community leaders and parents.
Meanwhile, Morliah also handed over an air conditioner and her personal contribution for Special Classes for the OKU students at SK Pusat Lawas for a more conducive learning environment.