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Rotary Club to construct shelter for abandoned children

ONE HUNDRED abandoned children will have a place to call home once construction of the BRDB Rotary Children Residences is complete. The RM9.3mil project jointly developed by Bandar Raya Developments Bhd (BRDB) and Kuala Lumpur Diraja Rotary Club is expected to be completed by end of next year. The club's president Chan Kam Fatt said the residence would be situated on a 1.29ha plot of elevated land in Seri Kembangan and will house 100 abandoned children aged between three to 12 years. "The idea of building a home for abandoned children was initiated by Rotarian Datuk Seri Akbar Khan, who is also the BRDB advisor," he said during the launch of the children's home. "Many babies are abandoned out of unwanted pregnancies or other difficult parental conditions. We hope to provide a place for them to live in and look after them until they are 18 years old.

"We will also take in some children from over-populated charitable homes around Serdang," he said, adding that construction work will start soon. It has a two-wing dormitory, classrooms, dining hall, laundry area as well as management offices and quarters for staff and cooks. BRDB also signed an agreement with Rotary Club to provide funds for the operational costs of the home for the next five years on a reducing scale up to a total of RM2mil. Rotary International president Sakuji Tanaka was also present at the launch.

Addressing the current Rotary theme - "Peace Through Service" - Tanaka said children could find peace and harmony through this project. "I have been travelling to other parts of the world and I see similar projects in New York and Africa," he said. "This home will provide abandoned children the basics so that they will live and enjoy life and in turn contribute back to society," he said, adding that he will introduce this project to Rotary Clubs in other countries. Chan also mentioned that he would look into expanding the home's capacity and focus on providing the best for the 100 children once the project was completed. "The expansion will come later after we have gained enough experience in managing this project," he said.

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