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Blessing of New PKGS Shelter in Kuala Lumpur
By Wilhelmina Mowe
Following on the Government’s appointment of PKGS as a shelter provider for trafficked survivors, two shelters have been set up, one in Kuala Lumpur and another in Kota Kinabalu, each with a capacity of 20 beds. The appointment will commence on 1 August 2017.
The shelter in Kuala Lumpur will potentially receive trafficked survivors from 3 shelters in Peninsular Malaysia. This collaboration signifies a new level of trust and willingness by the government to work with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) to ensure that the survivors of human trafficking are given opportunities to freedom of movement and employment, enabling them to recover their dignity and lives.
After much preparation by the enthusiastic new team, the Kuala Lumpur shelter is ready for admissions. We were privileged that The Most Reverend Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, agreed to bless the shelter on 31 July 2017, which we believe is not a coincidence, is the birthday of our beloved Mother Foundress, St Mary Euphrasia.
The gathering comprised Good Shepherd Sisters, staff, volunteers and lay associates. The event began with a welcome speech by Executive Director, Ms Chin Poh Choo, who explained the concept of the shelter; that it was a historic moment of collaboration with the government. This was followed by prayers led by Sr Salomi.
His Grace then said a short prayer for safety and protection of the mission before blessing the entire shelter with holy water.
The participants enjoyed fellowship over some drinks and snacks.