Summertime and the livin’ is easy - that’s how the song goes. Whether it’s vacations, barbeques or just relaxing with family and friends, I hope you’re enjoying yourselves.
Here are two wonderful organizations that you support through the AAM.
ITLC - Independent Living and Training Centre (Rawang, Selangor) Karen Beham and I made the road trip to visit the great folks at ILTC in Rawang. ILTC is an advocacy group for non-abled adults. Greeted by the entire board, all whom are non-abled, we were told of the difficulties that the non-abled face daily; whether it’s public transportation, access to buildings, health care, etc. The ILTC was founded in 2001 by Mr. Francis Silva to provide non-abled persons with all the necessary tools to develop their abilities, maximize their level of independence and take control of their lives - no matter what their disability. It offers counseling, training and motivation. With support from AAM and other organizations, the ITLC is building a facility where non-abled persons will come to exercise, exchange ideas and gather information. For more information visit ILTCmalaysia.org.my. If you’d like to do more please contact Ms. Rina at 03 6091 2531.
ILTC Wish List:
• Petrol vouchers for the handicapped van
• Gym/ physical therapy equipment
• Mattresses for the new center
SJK (T) St. Joseph School (Sentul, KL) Some of the best and the brightest (and sweetest) girls between the ages of 7 -12 attend this Tamil school that is consistently ranked among the best. Not only do the students work hard to achieve the ranking, but the dedicated teachers and staff do too. The student-to- teacher ratio is impressive also. Besides academics, the school offers a music lab, computer lab, sports and thanks to the AAM’s support, a fully-stocked library that is well used. The AAM also helps to support the breakfast program. According to AAM members, improvements and changes from last year are significant. This school is right on target! There are approximately 10 girls whose parents can neither pay the full tuition nor for transportation to school. For only RM80 a month you can cover the cost of a child’s transportation. And if you’re interested in sponsoring a girl’s tuition, the school is ready to discuss an easy plan. Please call Ms. Pn. B. Valarmathi at 012-305 9615 for further information.
Finally, but certainly not least, the AAM says goodbye to Karen Beham as Community Service Director. Karen’s extensive experience and knowledge in this field is a loss to our organization. The good news is that as a continuing AAM member, Karen has kindly offered her skills and that great smile whenever possible. Thanks Karen!