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Helping the Underprivileged Community

Pusat Jagaan Warga Istimewa Kempas is a home for the special needs community. The organisation was established in 1993. Currently, this charity home consists of two double-storey houses that accommodate 25 beneficiaries with the age range of 13 to 98 years old. It provides shelter, individual care, health well-being  and self management to the beneficiaries with multiple incurable disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mentality retarded and learning difficulties.  Through the interview with the founder, we found that most of the beneficiaries are mentally challenged and face difficulties in social interaction and daily activities. These beneficiaries are lacking physical activities due to insufficient equipment and a conducive outdoor environment. They only have light exercise which might not be sufficient to improve their physical and mental health conditions. Besides that, no professional equipment or consultancy that can aid their therapy. Furthermore, the founder hopes that the beneficiaries are able to live happily with the support provided by the charity despite the harsh life they are living. Hence, we hope to transfer landscape architecture knowledge to improve their outdoor environment in solving current problems. In short, we proposed a landscape master plan for the charity home to restorate an outdoor environment by providing relative benefits of therapeutic and healing activities to the unprivileged community. 

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Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
RM 1,100.00
Goal: RM 501.49
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 5,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

Pusat Jagaan Warga Istimewa Kempas is a home for the special needs community. The organisation was established in 1993. Currently, this charity home consists of two double-storey houses that accommodate 25 beneficiaries with the age range of 13 to 98 years old. It provides shelter, individual care, health well-being  and self management to the beneficiaries with multiple incurable disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mentality retarded and learning difficulties. 

 

Through the interview with the founder, we found that most of the beneficiaries are mentally challenged and face difficulties in social interaction and daily activities. These beneficiaries are lacking physical activities due to insufficient equipment and a conducive outdoor environment. They only have light exercise which might not be sufficient to improve their physical and mental health conditions. Besides that, no professional equipment or consultancy that can aid their therapy. Furthermore, the founder hopes that the beneficiaries are able to live happily with the support provided by the charity despite the harsh life they are living.

 

Hence, we hope to transfer landscape architecture knowledge to improve their outdoor environment in solving current problems. In short, we proposed a landscape master plan for the charity home to restorate an outdoor environment by providing relative benefits of therapeutic and healing activities to the unprivileged community.

 

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

Vision:

This community project aims to provide happiness and contribution to implement sustainable  approaches for a therapeutic landscape.

 

Mission:

  1. To provide a platform to aid the underprivileged special needs community through engaging the public and in collaboration with the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (Social and Welfare unit) to execute a therapeutic landscapes.

  2. To spread awareness and foster a spirit of community participation among students and the public to support the special needs of underprivileged communities.

  3. To establish a Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) team and sustainable strategy into a collaboration between the university, industry and society. 

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

Site visit, Appraisal and Research phase 

  • Gather the information related to the special needs community to understand their needs, behaviours, difficulties, learning method etc.so that we can integrate them in the design.

  • Review reference studies.

  • Site visit to understand the condition of Pusat Jagaan Warga Istimewa Kempas and the community’s needs to facilitate our design process.

Design Development phase

  • Brainstorming design ideas 

  • Develop design concept and consult with supervisor

  • Finalise design plan of therapeutic landscape

Construction and Implementation phase

  • Purchase hardscape and softscape materials 

  • Construction designed landscape elements

  • Involve the children in planting process 

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

  • The beneficiaries will have a pleasant and green outdoor learning environment with assistive equipments to support special needs health and social. 
  • A platform is provided for the community to develop themselves through informal learning skills. The children may also gain healing effects through outdoor playing and learning. For instance, regular gardening activities can encourage active lifestyles among the special needs community. 
  • The beneficiaries can develop their fine and sensory psychomotor skills through the sensory walls and sport equipment

The elements in the outdoor physiotherapy area can act as the learning and developmental tools for the community which can increase their physical strength and address some of their physical issues.

  • A green outdoor space is provided for their daily activities.

The children have the opportunities to explore and get close to nature in a safe environment. This also encourages them to carry out more physical activities to improve their overall well-being. 

  • Public awareness of the special needs community increased.

Awareness campaigns about the needs and conditions of the special needs community will spread through our social media. Our social media platform can serve as reliable sources of information related to therapeutic landscapes and special needs communities.

 

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RM 1,100.00

219% of RM501.49 Goal

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