PHOTO - IBM volunteers with youths from KL Krashpad.
Underprivileged children at a Malaysian youth centre - KL Krashpad - will be helped to integrate into society with a grant worth RM30,000 (US$10,000) from technology giant IBM Malaysia.
"We are very grateful to be awarded the grant which the IBM volunteers will leverage to develop a curriculum of computer skills and language training for the children, comprising interactive English classes, computer skills training as well as mentoring for the children and educational field trips," said KL Krashpad head of fundraising and advocacy, Dr Hartini Zainudin, speaking on 22 August 2011.
Dr Hartini said the KL Krashpad came under the auspices of Yayasan Chow Kit, a non-profit non-governmental organisation. Formerly known as Yayasan Salam, it was started in 2001 by the Social Welfare Department under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Since then it has expanded to comprise a baby care centre as well as a children's centre.
Earlier this year, the first Catalyst grant was given to the 'Go Green with Kids' project at Ti-Ratana Orphanage that involved another volunteer team from IBM Malaysia. Meanwhile, another volunteer from IBM Malaysia was also awarded a grant worth RM30,000 (US$10,000) to provide a national-level public database of community and social welfare projects on a cloud computing platform to Persatuan Belia Rakan Nusa, a youth organisation.
"IBM has a deep 100-year heritage of making substantive contribution to communities," said IBM managing director, Ramanathan Sathiamutty. "We are pleased that as we celebrate our 50th anniversary in Malaysia, our local employees have stepped up in giving back to the community by applying their professional skills for social causes."
The IBM Catalyst Grant is one of three types of grants made available to IBM employees (IBMers) throughout the world to commemorate the company's 100-year anniversary. Only 100 Catalyst Grants, each worth US$10,000, are awarded to IBMers to fund impactful community service projects. IBM Corporation celebrated its centennial celebration on 16 June, while IBM Malaysia's 50th anniversary fell on 21 June.
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