Category: Inspiring stories

Motivating trainees towards a brighter future

In recent years, Singapore’s education system has been seeking to move beyond academic grades to a more holistic approach towards learning. Seeking to change broader mindsets towards the value of applied learning and work experience, Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) has been steadily championing a ‘work-study’ approach through its Traineeship Scheme.

HOME: Helping vulnerable migrant workers through crisis

With almost one million low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, there is an increasing appreciation of the important role they play in our society. Yet, while migrant workers make up a significant part of our social fabric, their issues and challenges may often remain invisible from public view.

Reading Odyssey – Building confidence and motivation through reading

Reading Odyssey – a community-based project by SHINE Children & Youth Services – empowers disadvantaged children from Kindergarten Two to Primary Six, to enjoy reading with meaning, knowledge and understanding. The programme is run in collaboration with various community partners at seven centres across Singapore.

Business Times: Size no barrier to structured corporate giving

Many owners of Singapore’s small and medium-sized enterprises would gladly give back to their community. But, without the heft larger corporations have, it is easy for them to resign themselves to thinking that each dollar they give won’t go as far, says Lim Wei-Jen, founder of trust and wealth management company Liontrust. He wants his company’s giving to count for more.

Business Times: As they received, they now give

Education, and the generosity of others, changed Trina Liang-Lin and Edmund Lin's lives. She was impressed by a donation made to build her school's hall, and both received scholarships to advance their studies. Having done well in their careers, they decided to set up their fund to support various causes they care about, such as education, gender equality and the arts.

Business Times: The beauty of giving to those you do not know

Businessman and philanthropist Govind Bommi spends his Thursday mornings volunteering at the Tampines centre, befriending seniors who are there to receive physiotherapy or other forms of rehabilitative care after conditions such as a stroke, Parkinson’s or arthritis. He does not speak Mandarin or any of the Chinese dialects that most of the regulars are most comfortable with. But that’s been no barrier to friendship.

Business Times: Preserving a century-old legacy of giving

To Keith Chua, the boy, she was the stern matriarch of their large, Peranakan family, to be approached with deference. To the older and bolder teenager, she drew closer – the great-grandmother glad to chat about his day over tea or a shared meal. But only years after, as an established entrepreneur with a family of his own, did Mr Chua truly feel the impact of her life on his own, thanks to the impact Mrs Lee Choon Guan had had on others.