KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- The Vaisakhi Festival this year was celebrated with much joy by orphans and underprivileged children of the Gurpuri Foundation when they received RM20,000 in donation and 90 hampers from the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (BAKTI).
The donation was presented by BAKTI president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to founder and foundation trustee Giani Sukhdaiv Singh during her visit to the welfare home here today in conjunction with the Vaisakhi celebration.
Rosmah, who arrived at about 11.30 am, spent about an hour to mingle with the inmates and was also entertained with cultural performances by the children at the home.
Giani Sukhdaiv in his welcoming speech expressed thanks and appreciation to Rosmah and BAKTI members for visiting the home every year.
Meanwhile, he said a new Gurpuri Foundation welfare home was currently being built on a 17-hectare of land in Bentong, Pahang.
The overall cost for the construction of the welfare home, which is equipped with a business training centre for single mothers and a vocational centre for students who drop out of school, is RM65 million.
"The new welfare home can accommodate about 450 inmates comprising orphans, single mothers and the less fortunate," he said.
Established in 2000, Gurpuri now houses 80 children, aged between five and 22.