Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Melaka Centre

Children, Differently Abled, Support Groups

Phone number+606 282 4742
Fax number+606 282 2421
Year of establishment2002
AddressJKR 654, Bukit Peringgit 74500 Melaka
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The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Melaka Centre is situated at JKR 654, Bukit Peringgit. The centre stated with two children and a teacher cum administrator in March 200. It was officially opened on the 29th July 2000 by His Excellency The Governor of Melaka.

At the end of the 2000, it had 7 children. In October 2002 it proudly witnessed the graduation of 2 children. Today, the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation, Melaka Centre has grown to 2 teachers and 27 children.

Mission Statement
The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation is committed to the welfare of children with Down Syndrome, its main focus being the education of these children up to 6 years old.

Main activities
Its activities are geared toward the setting up and management of Centres of Education for Children with Down Syndrome up to 6 years old where emphasis is on:

  • Maintaining and upgrading Special Education Programmes
  • Training of teachers in Special Needs Education
  • Counselling of families of children with Down Syndrome
  • Maintaining a comprehensive Resource Centre with information on Down Syndrome and Special Educational aids
  • Creating public awareness of Down Syndrome

The JB Centre was opened on September 1991. The JB Centre became the second centre of its kind under the KDSF. The centre first opened its doors with 9 children and 2 teachers. It operated from a rented premise at Jalan Abdul Samad. In 1996, in recognition of the sincerity and steadfast commitment of the club to its community projects, the State Social Welfare Department of Johor allocated a rent-free building to JB Club to undertake the Early Intervention Programme for children with Down Syndrome. The KDSF JB Centre has been operating at 2C Jln Yahya Awal since and has been growing steadily over the past years. The incremental enrolment of children over the years has signaled the need for the centre’s expansion. Hence finding a suitable site and building of its own has become the immediate focus of the management committee

Our needs

Do you love children? Would you like to spend time with them? Have you considered contributing your time to helping in a Centre for special children?
The Centres at the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation volunteering opportunities include:

  • Working with children
  • Working in the Resource and Toy Library (National Centre only)
  • Helping in the Administrative Dept. (filing, photocopying etc)
  • Down’s Update Bulletin (writing, editing, designing etc)
  • Helping out in Fundraising activities eg in Annual funfair
  • Organising events, seminars, talks

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