The Malaysian-German Society (MGS) helped raise funds for the building of a new training centre for the Kamakshi Child Home in Lunas.

The funds were raised through their Christmas Market held last year and MaiBall held earlier this year.

The training centre will serve to provide training for the less fortunate youths in the surrounding area.

Some of the children have also gone on to graduate from the Community College in Kulim.

An official opening ceremony was held recently to launch the training centre led Mr Michel van Crombrugge (The Honorary Consul of Belgium in Penang), Andreas Foerster (Vice President of MGS) and Ms Carolinda Asfhandy-Bieck (Board Member of MGS).

Also present was Mr Teoh Seng Aun (The Honorary consul of France in Penang), Markus Knecht (Board Member of MGS), Dr. Karnaneedi  of Kamakshi Association, Community College Team and Welfare Department representatives.

The home is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged children. The training centre will help foster skills and self-reliance among youth.

The event celebrated the joint effort and shared vision of both organizations to provide vocational training and life skills to young adults, preparing them for a sustainable future in the job market.

In her speech, Ms Asfhandy-Bieck, highlighted the journey that began with the MGS Christmas Market in December 2022 and continued through the Maiball 2023. She emphasized the community’s overwhelming support, which culminated in the opening of this training center.

“Today, we don’t just open a center; we open doors to new possibilities for our youth,” she stated. 

The event also marked the graduation of the first batch of students from the Basic Tailoring Course, a collaboration with the Community College, showcasing the practical impact of this initiative.

Dr. Karna, leading Kamakshi  Association expressed his gratitude towards MGS and the community for turning his vision into reality. 

“This training center is more than a building; it’s a beacon of hope and opportunity for our children,” he remarked.

The Malaysian German Society’s commitment to this cause has been pivotal in providing these young individuals with the tools for a brighter future. The MGS board member noted, “Our collaboration with Kamakshi Association is a testament to what can be achieved when we unite for a noble cause. We are thrilled to see the first graduates and look forward to the many success stories that will emerge from this center.”

Kamakshi Association and the Malaysian German Society invite the community to join in their continued efforts to empower the youth and make a lasting impact on society.

For more information, contact Ms Carolinda at 018-469 at7054 or Dr Karna at 013-433-0063.