The Kiwanis Club of Johor Bahru (in association with KDSF) set up KDSF Johor Bahru Centre in 1991. The Centre operates from their double-storey bungalow house and currently have more than 30 students and five (5) teachers.
KDSF Johor Bahru Centre provides the following Programmes for children with Down Syndrome:
- Early Intervention Programme (EIP) (for children aged 2 months – 6 years old)
- School Age Programme (for children aged 7 – 9 years old)
- Infant Stimulation Programme (for children age 2 years and below) by Occupational Therapist
Students attending the programme in KDSF JB Centre pay a heavily subsidized fees which is not sufficient to sustain the operations of the Centre. KDSF Johor Bahru Centre depends solely on public donations and the support by the Kiwanis Club of Johor Bahru.
Since the Movement Control Order was imposed by the Malaysian Government on 18 March 2020, teaching of students and counselling of Parents have shifted online. All our face-to-face group teaching (pre-MCO) have been suspended. When school resumes stringent SOPs will be implemented and followed.
The lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the Centre tremendously. In this trying time, donations to the Centre has lessened considerably. Fundraising and adequate funding is therefore a great challenge for us. It is our sincere hope to obtain sufficient support from sponsors and donors so that we are able to continue with our cause for children with Down Syndrome for many years to come.
FIVE KDSF CENTRES NATIONWIDE
There are currently five KDSF Centres in various parts of Malaysia. Each KDSF Centre is run like a regular kindergarten with the usual kindergarten activities. KDSF is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, managed by members of the Kiwanis Club who raise funds for the operations of their Centre.