Students reach out to children and youths with disabilities for Gawai

3 06 2011

KUCHING – In view of the Gawai Dayak Harvest Festival, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) took up the initiative to reach out to children and youths of Dayak families through the Gawai Food Parcel Project. This project was initiated by ‘Meeting Needs’, a Community Rehabilitation Project run by volunteers who sought participation from the Catholic Church through the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission (KAYC) due to increase in Dayak families with family member(s) with learning disabilities over the past two years.

Inspired to make a difference this festive season, YCS students and their families from Kolej Abdillah, SM Lodge, SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Sg. Maong, SMK St Joseph and SMK St Teresa generously donated food items and used clothes for eight families in Kpg. Kopit, Kpg. Merembeh, Kpg. Sogo and Kpg. Puak, situated in Bau. These Catholic families have children either with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or mental problems, are slow learners or have sick parents who are unable to provide for the family.

The Centre called The Therapy Playroom (situated at Jln. Dogan), is a development and therapy centre for children and adults. The volunteers there help those with these disabilities to learn language and speech. This Gawai Food Parcel Project is their charitable act to these families to have a better Gawai celebration.

The KYCS Student Animators delivered the food items on behalf of the students to the families on Sunday 29 May, all of which were grateful to be blessed with such abundance for a better Gawai celebration. Rosaries were also given to the family members, with a simple prayer being said with the families.

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