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PPKT began on 2nd January 1999 as ESDA. We thank God for HIS strength to us as we are in HIS ministry through PPKT. At the end of 1998, Rev Ivan Chew, Pastor of Christ City Church, invited Stephen Chow from Penang to come over to Taiping to start a social concerns work. As of January 1999 Stephen was employed by Christ City Church to start this work. On 1 February 2002, we decided to form a society and we were registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) as Persatuan Perkhidmatan Komuniti Taiping (PPKT). Since that time we are not under Christ City Church anymore but are an inter-denominational Christian organization.
On 19 July 2002, our organization was officially launched by YB En. Rafek Bin Reshidullah, Director of Social Welfare Department of Perak. From March 2003 until now, Mr. Sung Lai Su has been our chairman. Although the first five years was very hard for us to carry on in the ministry but by grace of God we managed to pull through.
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The first 3 social services we established were: Day Center for Mental Health, Home of Mercy and a Disabled People's Fellowship. Mercy Home was a home for ladies who had mental health problems. Ms. Kuan Gek Kuan was our first dedicated volunteer. She served as a full-time volunteer in the home itself. Unfortunately, at the end of 1999, the home had to close down due to financial constraints.
The early work in ESDA was very difficult and development was slow due to lack of funds. But from May 1st 2006, we started to raise funds through the Charity Fair. In late 2000, Rev. Kanapathy joined us as a full-time volunteer in the services for the poor.
In 2001 the work for disabled people extended to another programme - Handicamp. This is a camp for disabled persons. We were invited to our first Handicamp by Rumah Kesayangan, Bukit Mertajam. The Handicamp program was introduced by Malaysian Care, KL. Also in 2001, we started a sheltered workshop for disabled people. Since 2004, the workshop has been renamed "Work Centre for Disabled People".