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Yayasan Sime Darby Funds Programmes Worth RM900,000 For The Street Children of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, 21 October 2011 - Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) today has joined hands with Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) to provide a variety of services and activities to disadvantaged children and youth of Chow Kit with to enable them to make better life choices and hone their life skills. YSD will fund education, empowerment, counseling and life skills programmes that will be carried out by YCK over a period of three (3) years, amounting to RM900,000.

This initiative is in line with YSD's commitment under its Community Development pillar to promote the well-being of the community, particularly those who are less privileged, irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender.

YBhg Datin Paduka Zaitoon Dato' Othman, a Member of YSD's Governing Council presented the mock cheque to YBhg Tan Sri Razali Ismail, the Chairman of Yayasan Chow Kit during a special ceremony held at KL Krash Pad Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

In her speech, YBhg Datin Paduka Zaitoon said, “The fund will be used to conduct four types of programme which are targeted for children from the ages of five years old and youth aged 13 to 18 years, whose economics and social situations exposed them to social ills such as drug abuse and prostitution, and increase the likelihood to threats of violence and sexually transmitted diseases, and other high risk activities associated with 'red light' areas of Kuala Lumpur."

“As of today, there are a total of 73 boys and 52 girls under YCK's supervision in 'Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-kanak' (PAKK) and Kuala Lumpur Krash Pad (KLKP). Many are runaways from families and government institutions, often abused physically and sexually, and are traumatied and uneducated. Moreover, lack of support and vocational or life skills renders them highly vulnerable and unable to integrate with the larger community or fend for themselves," she further added.

YSD is sponsoring four types of programmes which is catered to the empowerment of these youth through mental and spiritual health. The programmes are Literacy programme, Counselors programme, Empowering Education programme and Motivational and Life-skills Training programme. These programmes will be conducted at both PAKK and KLKP which are located at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur.

  1. Literacy programme
    Aimed to provide basic education for school-going children, it consists of basic education, home school and back to school programme for dropped out youth, allowing them to study the national syllabus, finish school and sit for the required national examinations. The programme now has four teachers; One for kindergarten level, and three for primary and secondary levels. These teachers are currently teaching 25 kindergarten children, 17 primary school children and seven secondary school children. Classes are carried out every day on weekdays, from 8am to 12pm.

  2. Empowering Education programme
    Consists of all rounded social education targeted to help youth understand the do's and don't's while interacting with their peers, as well as educating them of the current social issues that youth are facing. One such activity under this programme is the Sexual Health Education which is intended to help children and adolescents understand the physical and emotional aspects of the body and mind. YCK will also carry out staff capacity build training sessions through the 'Ok Tak Ok' Training that identifies and addresses children physical and sexual abuse issues and 'Respect Respek' training which helps them deal with youth in relationship issues.

  3. Counselors programme
    Offers workshops and sessions such as Therapist Group Workshop, Sand and Clay Workshop and One-to-One Counseling Sessions. These activities are made available to youth and are available at KLKP throughout the programme period.

  4. Motivational and Life-skills Training
    Aimed to further equip the youth of Chow Kit with skills-based training such as computer literacy and intermediate to advanced English lessons, especially for youth who has dropped out of school. With these additional skills, the youth will stand a better chance for legitimate employment and survival, perhaps be a contributing member of the society.

Currently, KLKP and PAKK provide comprehensive and innovative programmes that motivate and cultivate their interest in education and skill sets which challenge youth at-risk to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future, exposing them to the same opportunities that all other youth may have.

PAKK opened its doors in 2006 and is meant to house children from the ages of 5 to 12 years old. It operates as a community support service centre which provides coordinated child care and development services to children, including their parents, in a safe and nurturing environment. YCK has also set up another centre, KLKP for youth aged 13 to 18 years old. KLKP offers them shelter as well as educational, vocational and recreational activities and encourages them to participate and even take on leading roles in the development and operations of the centre.

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