One common new year’s resolution among most people has always been to contribute more to the society.
However, the charity scene in Singapore has been hit in recent years by a couple of scandals, most notably the ones involving the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and also the Ren Ci charity organization.
Inevitably, this has resulted in a drop in confidence of the general public towards charity organizations.
While we certainly should do our due diligence before committing to a donation, we shouldn’t let the unfortunate incidents dampen our spirit of giving.
I’m sure the more well-known charitable organizations in Singapore such as The Red Cross Society Singapore, World Vision Singapore, Salvation Army Singapore, Community Chest etc needs no further mention.
Nonetheless, there are also many little-known charities in Singapore which contribute to noble causes that are worth supporting.
So let’s take a look at 7 of them!
1) Autism Association (Singapore)
Website Link : www.autismlinks.org.sg
Autism is a brain-based developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, be with other people, and engage in developmentally appropriate behaviours. It is a life-long developmental disorder and as yet there is no cure.
Based on recent research, there are estimated more than 24,000 individuals with autism in Singapore’s population of 5 million.
The Autism Association (Singapore) was set up through the initiative of a group of parents in August 1992 with the Registry of Societies.
Its mission is to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum at services for people with autism in Singapore. Such services to encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care.
2) Singapore Committee for UN Women (formerly UNIFEM Singapore)
Website Link : www.unwomen-nc.org.sg/
The Singapore Committee for UN Women is a non-profit organisation working towards women’s empowerment and gender equality in the region. Established in 1999, the organisation originally functioned as a National Committee of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
As part of this process, UNIFEM merged with other women’s entities under the United Nations to form UN Women, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.
They support programs that provide women and girls with access to education, healthcare, economic independence and a life free of violence and abuse.
– Source: www.unwomen-nc.org.sg/
3) Breast Cancer Foundation
Website Link : www.bcf.org.sg
Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision is to be the charity organisation that firmly advocates early detection to save lives and breasts of women in Singapore.
They hope to see a decline in breast cancer mortality by encouraging women to empower themselves to go for regular screening.
And they envision to be the catalyst of change for society’s perception of breast cancer by educating young and old, irrespective of gender, ethnicity and social background.
– Source: www.bcf.org.sg
4) Singapore Christian Home
Website Link : www.schome.org.sg
Singapore Christian Home is a not-for profit organisation that is dedicated to providing compassionate and holistic care to the sick, frail and elderly, particularly to those who are financially disadvantaged and with minimal or no family support.
Its services are open to all; regardless of race or religion.
Singapore Christian Home offers families the much needed help in caring for their sick, frail and elderly loved ones.
In giving to the Home, you lessen the worries of these families and enable them to have the peace of mind to concentrate on their work and other family responsibilities while their loved ones are in the care of a professional team.
– Source: www.sggives.org
5) Guide Dogs Association of the Blind Ltd
Website Link : www.guidedogs.org.sg
The Guide Dogs Association of the Blind (GDAB) was founded with the mission to help the blind or visually impaired enhance their quality of life through better mobility around their environment.
To this end, they focus on providing mobility training to the blind or visually impaired, and for those deemed suitable, pair them with Guide Dogs eventually.
However, as Singapore takes steps to foster a more caring and inclusive society, especially for persons with disabilities, barriers to mobility and accessibility are slowly, but surely, being taken down. It is their desire to integrate Guide Dogs seamlessly into Singapore’s society, thereby making them a good mobility aid and companion for the blind or visually impaired.
– Source: www.guidedogs.org.sg
6) REACH Community Services Society
Website Link : www.reach.org.sg
REACH Community Services Society (RCSS) is a charitable organisation that was registered in 1999. They are an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC: IPC000196) and a full member of the National Council of Social Service.
Founded by Grace Assembly of God, RCSS was established to fulfill the vision of ‘Touching Hearts, Reaching Lives’ through three service units: REACH Family Service Centre, REACH Counselling and REACH Youth.
Since their inception, they have grown in their community outreach and social services.
What They Do
- Family Services (casework & counselling; financial assistance; community outreach & support programmes)
- Counselling Services (family & marital counselling; marriage preparation & enrichment programmes)
- Youth Services (mentoring and intervention programmes)
– Source: www.reach.org.sg
7) Singapore Women’s Association
Website Link : www.singaporewomenassociation.org
Singapore Women’s Association (SWA) is a non-profit welfare organisation founded in 1954 and its main aim is to enhance the quality of life for the underprivileged.
The policy of SWA is to be always alert and sensitive to the needs of our community.
On a regional level, SWA is an affiliate and founding member of the Federation of the Asia-Pacific Women’s Associations (FAWA) since 1959. FAWA is a platform for young and experienced women leaders to share and promote the well being, goodwill and understanding among women in the region – a network to develop women leaders for the community.
SWA executes a number of on-going and ad-hoc charity projects to reach out to the underprivileged in Singapore such as the Singapore VisionCare Programme (SVP), SWA Charity Dinner and New Year Luncheon for the Elderly, etc.
– Source: www.sggives.org