Caring Community Centre

Overview

Caring Community Centre is an NGO which serves about 60 urban poor families in the town of Kapar, Klang. These families are mainly Indian ethnicity which includes single mothers and orphans. These families depend on monthly food sponsorships from various companies to sustain their living. Some children have poor family support and many are school drop-outs. Many also are illiterate and can only speak Tamil.

IMU Cares has chosen them to be a community partner since June 2016. Since then, the following activities have been conducted:

  1. General health screening for adults and children
  2. Psychology health talks and counselling sessions for the teenagers
  3. Personalized nutritional counselling for both adults and children
  4. Dental screening for adults and children
  5. Screening for anaemia in the higher risk groups – mothers, underweight children
  6. Basic English reading sessions

Objectives

Kids

  • To improve the health status of the poor community at Kapar by bridging the gap in accessing medical care.
  • To educate these families through relevant health promotion activities and health awareness talks.
  • To prevent and treat substance abuse (whether narcotic drug abuse or harmful alcohol use) in this community through awareness talks and counselling.
  • To raise awareness among IMU students to the reality and needs of the poor communities by creating opportunities for the to participate in the health screening visits as well as tasking them with the responsibility of giving simple health talks.
  • To draw public attention to this overlooked residential area through the involvement of IMU and dissemination of information, in hopes to raise funds to improve the living conditions of this community.

Target Audience

  • Underprivileged families in the community of Kapar, Klang

 

IMU Cares Integration with MPU (U4) Module

Many student groups have been conducting community service projects at existing IMU Cares Community Partners as part of their MPU (U4) project. Find below the list of activities that students can undertake as part of their MPU (U4) project. Each student group may select one of the following:

  1. To follow-up and develop on ongoing projects

    Intervention for children with malnutrition
    A selected group of 40 obese and underweight children have been picked for further follow-up and support. Some of these children also have mild to moderate anaemia. In 2016, our medical team has given deworming and iron supplement to address this, but the poor diet still remains because of financial incapability or poor choice of food intake. Students are needed to evaluate the core issues resulting in malnutrition and conduct simple activities to improve their lifestyle – through modification of diet and increasing exercise. This should also run alongside constant health education and talks in a manner which is easily understood and appealing to children. This is also a current MPU4 project for a group of students.
     
    Women’s health and family planning
    Another issue which affects this community is the lack of proper family planning, resulting in big families not sustainable by the low income. This will be done in collaboration with other NGOs and the local health clinic. Students will be needed to aid in the health talks to women, as well as assist in the women’s health screening.
      
    English language workshops
    The children of this community come from Tamil-speaking homes and have poor grasp of the English language and some even also struggle with Malay language. Students are needed to help develop activities to teach simple English language with existing tools available and also to carry out these activities in the visits to the community.

  2. To introduce new projects

    Vocational skills for teenage group
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    Basic living skills
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Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Project Leader: Dr Lydia Lee
Email: lydialee@imu.edu.my
Community Partners: Caring Community Centre

Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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