The idea of a facility to help children with Down Syndrome was first mooted in 1988 by a group of Kiwanians from the Kiwanis Club of Kuala Lumpur. In 1990 the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation (KDSF) was formed. Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation’s primary focus is providing critical early intervention programmes (EIP) for children with Down Syndrome from two months to six years old. One of the main objectives is to prepare the children so that they are ready for the Special Education in typical government schools.
President: Teng Ah Ching
Vice President: Godfrey Rajalingam
Honorary Treasurer: Chen Thiam Leong
Honorary Secretary: Han Jik Kuang
Chairman (National Centre): Chan Kin Hou
Chairperson (Johor Bahru Centre): Ivy Chee
Chairman (Klang Centre): Dato’ Stewart Labrooy
Chairperson (Melaka Centre) Theresa Thexeira
Chairman (Kulai Centre) Jimmy Lim
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.