KACA receives wheelchair contribution

James Kon

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam, partnering with the Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam and Taiwan Graduates Association of Brunei Darussalam, continued its charity campaign yesterday with a wheelchair contribution to Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA).

KACA Managing Director Haji Abdul Alim bin Haji Awang Othman and KACA officials received the four wheelchairs from Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam Andrew HC Lee and Vice Chairman of the Taiwan Business Association Edward Ko.

Previously, 140 wheelchairs were donated to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital in Tutong, Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait and the Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam (PIHM) Hospital in Temburong.

Andrew reaffirmed his office’s commitment to further work with KACA in future initiatives, and applauded KACA’s roles in providing assistance to special needs children in the country.

Delivering a brief introduction on KACA, Haji Awang Abdul Alim said, “KACA is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established on October 27, 1986 with the aim of improving the welfare of children with disabilities in Brunei Darussalam, and those who have not had the opportunity to receive formal guidance and training.”

KACA provides programmes, guidance and training for children with disabilities so that they can live independently and continue their education at government primary schools. KACA has three branches – in the Brunei-Muara District, Tutong District and in Belait District.

As of January 2020, the number of children with disabilities participating in KACA programmes was 149, including 26 in the PDK home-based programme and 15 under Rintis Programme. The centre has 570 members.

Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam Andrew HC Lee with Vice Chairman of the Taiwan Business Association Edward Ko hands over the wheelchair to Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA) Managing Director Haji Awang Abdul Alim bin Haji Awang Othman and KACA officials. PHOTO: JAMES KON