NGO-run community rehabilitation centre in Padawan expected to be operational mid-March

Trainees of PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan

KUCHING, Feb 15: Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Program (Hidup) chairman George Young Si Ricord Junior is hoping that its new community rehabilitation centre (PPDK) Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan will be operational by mid-March.

Currently, works on the project is about 40 per cent completed.

“PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan, 2020 started off with an auspicious beginning with Kinder Life Power agency, under the insurance company AIA Bhd, Kuching made a generous donation to the centre. The agency led by Ms Kelly Wong and her team visited the centre to have a better understanding of the operational needs and requirements of the trainees,” George said in statement today.

He said a simple handover ceremony by Wong to Hidup was witnessed by staff and trainees of the centre.

George receiving donation from Wong at PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan yesterday

George added that there are 22 surrounding villages being serviced by the Klinik Kesihatan Teng Bukap and those with disabilities will be send to PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap to undergo various therapy programs.

“The centre has now registered 42 trainees with symptoms ranging from the mentally challenged, speech impaired, down syndrome, autism, learning impaired, cerebral palsy and other challenges,” he said.

George explained that the centre provides various rehabilitation programmes and activities which include nervous system simulation, physicals therapy and exercise, occupational therapy, rudimentary motor skills, cognitive development, music and movement and many more such programs to enhance their daily living skills.

George (2nd right) with Wong (centre) with Hidup members in front of PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan yesterday.

PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap is located approximately 60 km from Kuching is currently occupying a temporary premise to provide therapy to these trainees until the completions of the renovation of their own designated building situated nearby.

As such, George hoped that members of the public, local corporate sectors and government agencies to raise about RM300,000 to fund the renovation project.

Hidup was registered in 2018, aims to inculcate a spirit of giving, creating awareness, making difference in our own lives and the soul of the recipients.

Hidup’s main objective is to assist in enhancing the lives of indigenous and urban poor through outsourcing of labour and/or rendering financial support and to extend our hands to the less privileged regardless of race, creed or religion.

George (4th right) with Wong (5th right) with Hidup members and the trainees at PPDK Hidup Mesra Teng Bukap, Padawan yesterday

For further information on how you can follow Hidup’s activities in FB, please log on to: ppdkhm teng bukap. For more information Hidup can be reached at 0111 8990528/0111858 0528. —DayakDaily