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In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group for Children with Special Needs) is a society that focuses on providing assistance to special children in acquiring quality education. The cafe was set up by the head of the Sungai Petani PEKAKA branch, Mdm. Chen Mei Zhen. She set up this cafe with the mindset of letting the children gain the first-hand experience in working, communicating with the public and earning their own pocket money! “I have been told by some people that special children are people that were forgotten by God but I think that they are all incarnations of angels.” She added that the life of a special child is not easy as they were born with physical and mental defects which in turn leads them to be ostracised by society. Their learning ability is lower than an average child and for them to really learn, they need more patience and attention from teachers. With Pekaka, they prepare children with special needs to attend normal schools by providing the necessary skills through an early intervention programme. Other than that, they are also organising culinary and baking workshops for teens with special needs.  The teens learn how to bake bread from a Japanese baker named Mina, and they will sell the bread for a small amount of money in their cafe. Do take note that the cafe  only opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm ! Mina can speak Mandarin and she has said that the special children come to her baking classes accompanied by their parents. She said they picked up baking quite fast and were soon making delicious bread. Customers from all over have given this cafe very  good reviews , and said that it’s the perfect place to chill with a cup of coffee and fragrant, fluffy bread. Yu Zhi Wei, a 20-year-old with special needs, has said that he took 2 months to make coffee and 4 months to learn basic coffee art! He is grateful towards his teacher who taught him patiently and never gave up on him. He says proudly, “We have three people here who can make coffee, but I am mainly responsible for it.” His dream is to open up a restaurant that can make guests happy. Share Tweet   Like us on Facebook for great stories daily!     Tap to listen to this article instead:   🔊 Listen to Post In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Source:  SinChew Daily Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group for Children with Special Needs) is a society that focuses on providing assistance to special children in acquiring quality education.     The cafe was set up by the head of the Sungai Petani PEKAKA branch, Mdm. Chen Mei Zhen. She set up this cafe with the mindset of letting the children gain the first-hand experience in working, communicating with the public and earning their own pocket money!   ADVERTISING Source:  Facebook Source:  Facebook She told  Sinchew Daily , “I have been told by some people that special children are people that were forgotten by God but I think that they are all incarnations of angels.” She added that the life of a special child is not easy as they were born with physical and mental defects which in turn leads them to be ostracised by society. Their learning ability is lower than an average child and for them to really learn, they need more patience and attention from teachers. Source:  SinChew Daily With Pekaka, they prepare children with special needs to attend normal schools by providing the necessary skills through an early intervention programme. Other than that, they are also organising culinary and baking workshops for teens with special needs.  The teens learn how to bake bread from a Japanese baker named Mina, and they will sell the bread for a small amount of money in their cafe. Do take note that the cafe  only opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm ! Mina can speak Mandarin and she has said that the special children come to her baking classes accompanied by their parents. She said they picked up baking quite fast and were soon making delicious bread. Source:  SinChew Daily Customers from all over have given this cafe very  good reviews , and said that it’s the perfect place to chill with a cup of coffee and fragrant, fluffy bread. Yu Zhi Wei, a 20-year-old with special needs, has said that he took 2 months to make coffee and 4 months to learn basic coffee art! He is grateful towards his teacher who taught him patiently and never gave up on him. He says proudly, “We have three people here who can make coffee, but I am mainly responsible for it.” His dream is to open up a restaurant that can make guests happy. The address of the cafe is as follows:  No442,  Jalan Zamrud 11, Taman Pekan Baru, 08000, Sungai Petani, Kedah   That is certainly a very good concept and if you’re in Sungai Petani area, why not give them a visit? I’m sure they’ll be ecstatic to meet someone new!  
In 2016, Starbucks opened its  first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community. Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang. On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its  Facebook  page. The post read, "Our second Signing store in Penang is officially in motion and brewing! Penangites, share the good news and enjoy a unique experience of our Starbucks Signing Store." To make sure this project is a success, the famous coffeehouse chain partnered with the Penang Deaf Association According to the  Starbucks website , the partnership is meant to support the professional training and development of the store's staff. The president of the Penang Deaf Association Razman Tan Abdullah said that  they're excited to provide richer career opportunities and sense of belonging to the local deaf community. They will also be providing sign language classes for the outlet's seven hearing employees. This outlet is the fourth of its kind in the world Standing tall at three storeys,  the store was designed specifically to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  The outlet is   completed with visual alarms, digital trays, and point-of-sale systems with an attached customer display.   Make sure to give this outlet a visit and support their cause! Well done, Starbucks! Address: 403, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Penang. Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday (8.00am - 10.00pm) Friday, Saturday, and public holidays (8.00am - 12.00am)  
Paul Simon knows a talent when he hears the person sing. That is why the singing icon allowed Kodi Lee to perform Simon And Garfunkel’s 1970 hit  Bridge Over Troubled Water  during the quarter-finals of  America’s Got Talent . On Wednesday, Lee crossed the final bridge to become the 14th season’s champion, netting US$1mil (RM4.19mil) and a chance to headline shows at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from Nov 7 to 10. The 22-year-old, who is blind and has autism, was an early hot favourite to triumph. He was fast-tracked to appear in the quarter-finals, with the judges, including Simon Cowell and actress Gabrielle Union, gushing over his performance in the audition round. On Wednesday, the other nine finalists were not a match for Lee. His win was also a triumph for his mother who spotted his talent early and took efforts to help forge a path for him. “I realised he’s an entertainer. Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. “It actually has saved his life playing music,” said Tina Lee. For now, he can mull over how to spend the US$1 million. “Kodi would love to have a grand piano in every colour possible,” his mother said in a recent interview with Good Housekeeping magazine. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network Read more at https://www.star2.com/entertainment/2019/09/20/blind-autistic-kodi-lee-wins-americas-got-talent/#YUejZLiJ1owQ3j5b.99
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