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Disabled learn to be self-reliant


MERSING: SINCE it was established in 1999, the community centre at Felda Nitar 1 here has been helping the disabled to be more self-sufficient.

At present, 18 trainees aged between 18 and 36, are undergoing training by three teachers and a supervisor at the centre.

Supervisor Haliza Mokri said the trainees had enrolled in various programmes including handicraft-making and embroidery.

She said the trainees were also taught about money management.

For pastime, the centre will organise cultural activities for them.

"We have been with the trainees for the past 10 years and enjoyed a good relationship with them," she said recently.

Haliza said training the disabled required a special skill and teachers must be patient enough to keep the trainees interested in their lessons.

She said parents were also satisfied with their children's progress at the centre.

"This is especially so as the children have been acquiring new skills all this while.

"The handicraft are popular because of their high quality. In fact, they are selling like hot cakes.

"We take this as a sign of success in training the disabled," said Haliza.

Also present were Mersing senior health officer Dr Mohd Nizam Subahir, Mersing assistant district officer Syed Mohd Khalil Syed Ahmad and Mersing community welfare officer Mohd Fakhrul Bahari.

Source : Nst


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