JAPEM seeks more volunteers for community project

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE volunteers are needed to visit the houses of special needs individuals as part of the government’s community-based rehabilitation project.

Community Development Department (JAPEM) Assistant Director Dk Siti Saihalina Pg Hj Mohd Daud said the department needs more volunteers for the project to raise awareness on the importance of helping and caring for special needs individuals.

“We have 17 target clients participating in the project, with six to seven volunteers allocated for each client,” she said in a recent interview.

The clients are identified as those who cannot attend school or enrol at Pusat Bahagia and have limited social interaction with members of the public.

The project currently has 54 volunteers, consisting mainly of students from higher education institutions.

Established to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families, the project encourages volunteers to conduct home visits of the clients to provide assistance and care for them.

“The visits are hoped to make the clients develop confidence and become comfortable for them to interact with members of the public.”

She said the department hopes more youth will volunteer for the project as it is beneficial for them.

“Youth will be learning about proper ways to interact and assist special needs individuals.

“With more exposure, it is hoped that it will be continued to the following generation as special needs individuals also play an important part in our society,” she added.

Launched in December last year, the pilot project will be monitored for six months.

“We will be getting reports from the volunteers after each visit. Hopefully, the programme will be a success and continued.”

The Brunei Times