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Accommodation for rural female students in Tamparuli
Published on: Saturday, April 20, 2024
By: R Gonzales
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Accommodation for rural female students in Tamparuli
Yamashita (second from the right), handing over a replica of the van key to the recipient’s representative, witnessed by Carlwin (centre).
Tuaran: St Marianne’s dormitory in Kampung Bantayan, Tamparuli, welcomes students who need access to nearby schools in the district.

Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu South (RCKKS) President Carlwin Yee said the initiative to provide dorms and vehicles was aimed at helping female students from less well-off families as well as ensuring that the new generation, gets a more comfortable and safe education.

He said the multi-story building run by nuns and committee members of the nearby church, can accommodate up to 120 students. 

“Since it opened last year, there are 27 female students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tamparuli and SMK Sungai Damit staying at this dorm.

“Most of the students come from distant areas, including Kampung Romokon in Ulu Kiulu, which is about 90 kilometres from Tamparuli,” he said during the Van Handover Ceremony to the St. Marianne Girls’ Dorm in Kampung Bantayan.

Carlwin said the dorm, worth RM2.5 million, is a joint project between the RCKKS and the HELP (Help Eradicate Lasting Poverty) Foundation. 

Also present was the Japanese Consul in Kota Kinabalu, Yamashita Yoshito. 

Two vehicles, including a new Nissan Serena multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), were donated by the consulate. 

“The vehicles provided at this dormitory serve as a transportation facility, allowing students to commute to and from school more easily and safely.”

“Many companies and individuals have contributed by donating funds to finance this project. 

“This dormitory building is also the second construction project completed, following the St Maria Goretti Girls’ Dormitory in Keningau,” Carlwin said.

Meanwhile, Yamashita said Japan’s grant aid for project implementation is one of its international aid schemes aimed at addressing the basic needs of the population or supporting beneficial projects.

“To date, we have contributed approximately RM4 million for 36 projects in Sabah, and it is important to note that this grant aid is funded by Japanese taxpayers.

“Therefore, the special assistance for this project represents a gesture of friendship and goodwill from the Japanese people towards the people of Sabah. I hope that this grant will continue to strengthen the friendly ties between Japan and Malaysia, particularly Sabah,” he said.

A resident of St Marianne’s dorm, Cicelia Luis, 16, expressed her gratitude for having the facility to live near her school (SMK Tamparuli).

“In addition to comfortable accommodation and food, we are also sent to school and picked up when we return home every day.

“The facilities offered have greatly eased my daily routine, as it is challenging for me to find a place to live near school,” said Cicelia, who lives in Kampung Romokon in Ulu Kiulu.

Cicelia, who is the second child of two siblings, lost her father in 2016 in an accident.

“Apart from education, we also focus on spiritual growth through the guidance of nuns,” she said.

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