KOTA KINABALU: Residents of the Wallace Blind Centre now have a more comfortable place to live in with the presentation of two single-storey semi-detached houses here.
The RM400,000 houses were provided by Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda) members and suppliers and will house house some 16 out of 40 blind people currently with the centre.
A total of 14 others reside in Taman Sri Rugading under the Hardcore Poor Housing Programme (PPRT) near here.
Shareda president Datuk Francis Goh said this was an initiative under its corporate social responsibilty programme, supervised by its Youth Wing.
“We want our youth members to become responsible developers and concerned about the needs of society.”
He said they plan to have a mega community project each year ever since the Youth Wing was established three years ago.
“This year, we will focus on our cooperation with the Sabah Wetlands Society,” he said at the key handing over ceremony witnessed by state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
Sabah Society for the Blind president Datuk Rosalind Chew, in thanking Goh for the contribution, said there are more than 3,000 blind and visually impaired people in the state.
She said Sabah had the highest number of blind people in the country, according to the National Eye Survey in 2000.
She added that many employers still doubted the blind’s capabilities.
“We plan to organise more forums, distribute leaflets, participate in exhibitions and work together with the mass media to raise awareness on issues affecting the community,” she said.