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IWC Subang Selangor, Malaysia under District 330, has started a close relationship with Rumah Perlindungan Sosial (RPS). RPS, a Shelter Home is a joint project of the National Council of Women’s Organisations and the YWCA of Malaysia and it was set up in Klang, Selangor in February 1996.
RPS has over the years provided holistic help for women, children and teenagers in crisis: inclusive of victims of domestic violence, single mothers, unwed mothers, rape survivors, abused children and run-away teens. It is a safe haven. Ms. Shoba Aiyar, a registered Counsellor and currently the Shelter Manager, is in contact with our Club for assistance when the need arises.
Our club’s monetary contribution early in the year has helped to care for 2 single pregnant women. Their nutrition intake has improved and is no more anemic. We also arranged for a contractor to look into the poor water supply and that now that has been rectified and the residents are able to enjoy their bath.
They needed a fridge and some money to repair the front gate and fencing. The Club managed to get a sponsor and a brand-new fridge was purchased and delivered. Our President Indira Menon, DC Shanti Menon and Treasurer Malliga, visited this shelter home and handed over the fridge as well as our fabric masks to the residents.
The children of some of these victims are not attending schools after they have left their homes. They need remedial classes for these children. IWCSS have got sponsors to cover the expense of a designated tutor who spends 3 hours, Mondays to Fridays to teach the children and 1 hour to teach English language to the mothers.
We collected the required amount and in mid November 2020, work has commenced and is in good progress.
We share the vision of Ms. Shoba “Our goal is to educate the women who are victims of domestic abuse. We tell them that no one deserves to be abused and empower them to do something about it. We never tell the women what to do because it is their decision. What we do is lay out all the options for them and help them to see things from an objective perspective”.
We hope to continue to support and be vigilant of the needs of this shelter home. We strongly believe in working towards ending any form of violence against women and girls.
In conjunction with “16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence” this year 2020 theme is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. We had our 4th General Meeting on 28th November 2020, with members wearing orange in solidarity and support for this cause.
We are glad to report that on 4th December, the secure wall was completed with a sturdy gate and this will give the residents a sure sense of security and privacy.
Shamala Dharan, Club Correspondent