TOUCH Community Services is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. The organisation was started by individuals who recognised the obvious need of low-income and single-parent families with difficulties making ends meet, much less raising their children in a positive environment. They are a multi-service organisation with an integrated network of 17 services, 13 centres and 19 children's clubs located at different parts of Singapore, including Bukit Merah, Clementi, Geylang Bahru, Hougang, Serangoon, Toa Payoh, Ubi and Yishun.
Over the last 23 years, TOUCH has reached out to many individuals from all religions and races, including children, youths, families, people with special and healthcare needs and the elderly. They mostly require volunteers to help with children or the elderly. TOUCH Home Care (THC) provides home medical, home nursing and home rehabilitative services to help the frail elderly with mobility problems enjoy greater independence and better quality of life at home.
Their Befrienders Programme involves volunteers being in service to the elderly by ferrying them to their regular hospital appointments. They also have a Meals-On-Wheels programme which delivers daily meals to elderly-in-need.
TWC2 is a non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to improving conditions for low-wage migrant workers, perhaps the largest group of disadvantaged persons here, numbering about one million out of a total population of five million in this city.
They welcome anyone who shares their core objectives to join as a member and/or volunteer with them. Their members and volunteers span the demographic spectrum from top academics and professionals to eager young Singaporeans, to retirees wanting to contribute to society, to hardworking migrant workers themselves.
You can also contribute in the form of donation. Their website provides details of the various programmes they offer and how one can begin to contribute to this.
Beyond the Border, Behind the Men is a project started by three friends and their migrant worker friends which culminated in a short-film and photo essay. They believed that like us, these workers are fathers, sons, husbands, story-tellers and dreamers too. And on a more fundamental and human level, we are all equals
They wanted to look beyond stale stereotypes such as the construction or shipyard worker, the cleaner, the Bangla, as they believed that there had to be more to this one-dimensional representation. Thus they went to Bangladesh to collect stories to pay tribute to these “builders” of our country and those they leave behind. The project was created to celebrate the men’s resilience, spread stories of cheer and inspiration, and pay tribute to the human spirit.
AIDHA works with domestic workers in Singapore. They believe in empowering and providing opportunities for lower income and migrant workers to transform their lives through sustainable wealth creation. They believe that every woman should have the opportunity and choice to determine her own future. To achieve this goal, they provide a holistic training programme that includes money management, computer literacy, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to these migrant workers. With these skills, their students can choose to open businesses of their own or invest in productive assets like livestock and land in their home countries. These opportunities enable them to break the cycle of poverty.
They believe that if every Aidha student shares her skills with her family and friends, it could in turn benefit a whole community, making the multiplier effect of our financial literacy programme huge and life-changing.