Chow Kit Road is less than a kilometer away from heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Al Radjhi Bank together with an NGO and the Social Welfare Department have set-up a child care centre for underprivileged children in KL’s most chequered neighbourhood.
Many of the parents who send their children to this child care centre work are sex workers and single mothers. They are poor and can’t afford to send their children to commercial child care centres while working. Most are homeless or rent budget rooms on daily basis for shelter.
While working, the kids are left on streets or shops, vulnerable to pimps, drug pushers and child traffickers, hence the centre, which was started about a year ago.
The centre gives these children with basic education, six meals a day and all the basic necessities that a growing child needs. The parents are given some responsibilities too, such as providing the kids with clothing, collaborating with staff to spruce up the centre weekly and joining their kids for educational tours.
The centre operates from 7am to 7pm daily.