Each Down Syndrome Centre is managed by a Management Committee headed by a Chairman and all the members of this Committee are selected members of the Kiwanis Club which raises funds for that Centre. A Member of the Committee is selected based on his/her experience and commitment. The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation manages five (5) Centres for children with Down Syndrome.
KDSF – National Centre
The KDSF-Petaling Jaya Centre was established in September 1989 by the Kiwanis Club of Kuala Lumpur. Located at 57 & 59 Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya , it started operations with 2 teachers and 15 children. By year 2003 it had an enrolment of 168 students, 12 teachers and 5 administrative staff and had also expanded operations from one bungalow to 2 bungalows. In the year 2003 it had also completed the building of its new Centre at Jalan Jenjarum, Taman SEA, Petaling Jaya to where it moved to in March 2004.
After moving to its new building the KDSF – Petaling Jaya Centre was renamed the KDSF- National Centre. The new premise is more well planned and in a more organized environment. The Centre now has a much larger Resource & Toy Library, a Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy room, a Speech Therapy room, 2 wading pools and a multipurpose hall.
Our Centre now has an enrollment of more than 130 children and we have up 20 teaching staff and therapists. The programmes available in the KDSF-National Centre include the Infant Stimulation Programme, the Toddler Programme and the Special Education Programme.
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – National Centre
Lot 13490, Jalan Jenjarum
Off Jalan SS23/1, Taman SEA
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6 03 7803 0179
Fax: +6 03 7806 4862
KDSF – Johor Bahru Centre
The Johor Bahru (JB) Centre was opened in 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 Kiwanis Club to undertake the Early Intervention Programme for children with Down Syndrome. The KDSF JB Centre operated from 2C Jln Yahya Awal for more than 10 years.
The incremental enrollment of children over the years has signaled the need for the centre’s expansion. The Management Committee of KDSF-JB Centre through its undivided efforts managed to obtain a building of its own for JB Centre. Hence in 2006, KDSF-JB Centre moved to its own building in Majidee Park.
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Johor Bahru Centre
19, Jalan Resak
80250 Johor Bahru
Tel: +6 07 3339 336
KDSF – Klang Centre
The KDSF – Klang Centre was established in June 1994 with one teacher and nine children. The Centre has since moved to bigger premises, at No 28 Jalan Kampar, Klang where 60 children can be accommodated. Currently the Centre has more than 40 children who attend one-to-one teaching every week. It accepts and teaches children with Down Syndrome of up to 6 years of age, using the Early Intervention Programme (EIP).
To help parents, the Klang Centre is equipped with a library where books on Down Syndrome and teaching aids can be borrowed for extended teaching at home. The Centre has an active Parent Support Group which meets regularly to discuss their role as well as provide visits and counseling to new parents who have babies with Down Syndrome.
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Klang Centre
28, Jalan Kampar
Tel: +6 03 3342 8259
KDSF – Melaka Centre
The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Melaka Centre is situated at JKR 654, Bukit Peringgit. The centre started with 2 children and a teacher cum administrator in March 2000. It was officially opened on the 29th July 2000 by His Excellency The Governor of Melaka.
The Melaka Centre now has an enrollment of more than 10 students. Like all other KDSF Centres, Melaka Centre is run like a kindergarten with its annual Sports Day, Concert and Graduation ceremony.
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Melaka Centre
JKR 654, Bukit Peringgit
Tel: +6 06 2824 742
Fax: +6 06 2822 421
KDSF – Kulai Centre
The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Kulai Centre started operation in early 2012. Similar to all the other Centres in the Foundation Kulai Centre focuses on the education of children with Down syndrome age 6 years old and below. The centre is run like an ordinary kindergarten and will have the usual kindergarten activities such as annual sports, concerts, graduation, social and educational visits.
The Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Kulai Centre is a non-profit organization. It relies totally on public donations to fund its operations.
Currently it costs the Centre RM300 per month to educate each child. School fees are substantially subsidized by our Centre. We have begun an Adopt-A-Child Program to obtain sponsors for education for children with financial difficulties.
Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Kulai Centre
C-20, Jalan Sekolah Cina,
Tel: +6 012 738 0206 / 010 219 5789