Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (YOKUK) is a charitable foundation established to alleviate the plight of people with disabilities and to give them a meaningful life. First started in July 1999, at the Rumah Seri Kenangan, Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, YOKUK now provide services to approximately 3,300 registered clients free of charge.
The one-stop centre at Jalan Padang Tembak, Pengkalan Chepa provide all kinds of therapy services, welfare services and also vocational training.
YOKUK aims to build on the spirit of a caring society through its Community-based Rehabilitation Program (CBR). The underlying structure of the CBR Program is founded upon the principles that the local community, in which the disabled people reside, has the duty and responsibility to assist them to fully realize their equal rights as citizens and human beings.
Therefore, the clients registered with YOKUK are with their family at their home. They come to the centre daily for therapy program, workshop, vocational class or any other activities. For clients who come from poor families or live in impoverished rural areas hence can’t afford to come to our centre, YOKUK will visit them at their homes. During this visit, we teach the family member on how to take care of the disabled as well as do simple therapy.
Friends of YOKUK, a volunteer group consisting of professionals, helping Kelantan Disabled Foundation in order to provide services to people with disabilities. Friends of YOKUK led by Medical Lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics, USM Kubang Kerian, Prof Madya Dr. Hans Van Rostenberghe now has volunteers from various fields including Pediatricians, Public Health Specialist, Dental Specialist, Nutritionist, Nursing, Physiotherapy and so on. Professional volunteers are from USM Hospital and Hospital Kota Bharu. An individual is not from the medical field is also expected to join the Friends YOKUK to help the disabled.
Medical and dental USM students also make home visits to clients YOKUK (home visit) as part of extra-curricular activities in USM. They are trying to keep clients YOKUK can achieve a better life.
Launched in 2004 and chaired by Prof Madya Dr. Hans, the first project of YOKUK Friends is Friends of YOKUK’s Open Day on 24 February 2005. Friends of YOKUK’ activity including Children’s Clinic and Adult and dental services. Friends of YOKUK also organized carnivals are accompanied by children with Down Syndrome.