MADAM PUSPHAVALLI (KAMAKSHI AMMA)
(11/06/1927 - 11/10/1997)
FOUNDER OF PERSATUAN KEBAJIKAN DAN SOSIAL KAMAKSHI WILAYAH UTARA
Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Kamakshi (PKDS), Wilayah Utara and other partners in charity, is carrying out various activities in the northern region. The main activities are channelled through Pusat Jagaan Kamakshi Development Centre (KDC) and Pusat Jagaan Kamakshi Child Home (KCH). Pusat Jagaan Kamakshi Child Rehabilitation Centre caters to children with physical and/or mental disabilities. We currently have 160 registered children here in the centre.
The method(s) used to rehabilitate the children to normalcy are Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy for children with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. Children with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Down Syndrome and Autism receive special education that are customised to meet the specific needs of each child. In addition, our centre also provides Play Therapy using the ‘i-Play’ Toy Library. This consists of many different custom-made toys that are specially produced to assist with the learning process of traumatised and abused children.
Pusat Jagaan Kamakshi Child Home (KCH) commenced in 2005 in semi-D house. At present we have six(6) semi-D houses and all our activities are spread over these houses. These houses, are divided into day–care rehabilitation centre, prayer hall, computer laboratory, girls dormitory, boys dormitory and kitchen.
We also intend to have an indoor activity centre which will be able to accommodate more than a hundred children of both genders. Our aim is to try to equip every child with at least a basic degree and holistic living skills before he or she leaves the home. In the meantime, children with disabilities who have undergone the rehabilitation program are expected to have a self-satisfying life with high self-esteem, self-pride and self- confidence.