Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chapter 12 : MWH new premise in Bedok North

Current state

Artist impression of new premise

Muhammadiyah Welfare Home (MWH) is a gazetted children’s Home of the Ministry of Community, Youth & Sports (MCYS) since Dec 1989. The Home takes care of about 70 male children, most of them come from broken families. They are between 10 and 17 years of age and are ordered by either the Juvenile Court or MCYS to reside in the Home for 2 to 3 years.

In the last quarter of 2009, the Home is moving to its new premise at former Min Xin Primary at Bedok North St 3. We are in the midst of renovating the new site so that it would be conducive for the children to stay and undergo rehabilitation in the Home. With this move, MWH is exploring expanding its social services and increasing its intake to 100 children in the future.

To fulfil this aim, MWH still needs to raise an estimated $500,000 in cash or kind to fund the renovation and restoration works of the Bedok site as well for the furniture and fittings for the new premise.

------------------------MWH Book Project 2009--------------------------

A volunteer driven effort.
MWH book 2009 titled 'MANY ROADS HOME'
- dedicates a voice to the young protaganists (mostly former children of MWH) who have overcome adversity and endured several painful knocks of blunders and struggles during their adolescent years.

- features the unsung heroes (volunteers, agencies and corporations) who have, in one way or the other shaped the lives of the children. It is hoped that the collection of their human stories could inspire, touch someone's life and be a rallying point to others. The books are expected to be published in Sep 09. All proceeds from the project will be chanelled directly to the Home to support the above cause.

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