In Malaysia, Kiwanis has developed a culture of setting up and running long-term permanent projects since 1989 – when the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Centre was established by the Kiwanis Club of Kuala Lumpur (the 1st Kiwanis club in Malaysia, chartered in 1976).
Since 1989, more than 20 long-term permanent projects (now known as “Signature Projects”) are being run or supported by the 20+ Kiwanis clubs, out of a total of 63 clubs in the Malaysia District.
A few of the Signature Projects are being show-cased here.
KIWANIS JOB TRAINING CENTRE
The Kiwanis Job Training Centre (“KJTC”) was established by the Kiwanis Club of Metro Kuala Lumpur (“Metro KL Club”) in 1996 – five years after the Club was chartered.
The KJTC is a skill/job training centre for persons with learning disabilities aged between 16 and 40 years old. Currently there are 14 trainees at the KJTC.
The main objectives of KJTC are, inter-alia:
- To inculcate and develop self worth and self reliance in the trainees;
- To equip trainees with basic job skills and discipline;
- To provide job placement support to KJTC graduates.
Many of the trainees have secured gainful employment while some trainees remain under the care of the KJTC with “sheltered employment” opportunities.