We are continuing to appeal to our readers and visitors to donate to our work of running two centres. The annual budget is RM120,000 (USD38,000) for 2014 and 2015 and will grow higher as we recruit more staff and take in additional trainees.

Please make payment to 'Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan' with your name and address on a cover slip so we can mail you our official receipt. All donations from April 1 2011 will be exempted from taxation by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Please send the payment to:

The Treasurer, Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan, 381, Jalan Kenanga 1, Taman Bukit Chedang, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Thank you for your support.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Korean Connection

We are favored by the visit of the newly appointed pastor of the Korean Church in Seremban, Rev. Lee Hung Sub, to understand our work better. Rev. Lee was here in Seremban to minister to the Korean Christians as well as carry out local missionary works.

Rev. Lee took a keen interest in our work and asked if he can bring Koreans visitors from South Korea to observe our work to which we agreed without hesitation. He further said he would like to bring his wife over to see how she can be of help. We are deeply touched by his gestures, which include possible financial aids later. We see today's visit as a potential beginning to a future tie whose opportunities only God can limit. We are glad to have been given this chance to explain what we are doing to him, as well as let him sample the cake and fried rice our trainees prepared.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Bakery Section Picking Up Steam

It is heartening to see the bakery section getting more orders of their cakes. Parents of the trainees involved would show or share the cakes baked by their son or daughter to friends and neighbors. Such acts of pride and neighborliness invariably leads to fresh orders. Today I managed to capture these 2 trainees happily preparing ingredients to bake a new cake under the close supervision of Ann.

Securing Welfare Benefits for Qualified Trainees

We work hard to secure welfare allowances for qualified trainees. Presently those who are working are eligible to receive a monthly allowance of RM300 on top of what they earn. This morning two officers from the Seremban Welfare Department came to the centre to interview the trainees and their parents. This is part of their validation exercise and they were impressed by the work at the centre as well as its cleanliness. Even trainees who are now working at Giant and Guardian took time off to present themselves for the interview. We are happy for these trainees as their combined income will help them cover daily living expenses as well as save for their old age.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ooops! I hope our trainees won't say this to us! Seriously, this little girl has no learning disability.