Our Skill Empowerment programme began in April 2006, with our HOPE-AIN Skill Training Fund, a combined effort of HOPE worldwide Singapore and AIN Society, an Islamic-faith based VWO, in order to help needy families and out-of-school youths via business seed loans, educational bursaries/fund, and emergency funds. Through this fund, 7 students and 19 families were helped. In addition, the National University of Singapore (NUS) student volunteers taught an 8-10 week semester of basic computer skills training for youths at risk at Muhammadiyah Welfare Home, Gracehaven and Boys Town and seniors at CareLink (Toa Payoh).
In collaboration with Western Union, HOPE worldwide (Singapore) gave education grants worth SGD 67.5K to migrant workers in Singapore & Brunei through the Western Union Education Grant programme in 2008 & 2009, helping individuals and their families journey to a better life through higher education. Each education grant of SGD500 covers as much as a year’s tuition fees, and other necessities like books and uniforms. The 135 winners were migrant workers originating from China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Since 2013, with support from State Street Foundation and EMC and in collaboration with Pathlight School and Autism Resource Centre’s Employability and Employment Centre, E2C, we have focused on empowering disadvantaged youths and adults with autism in developing daily life-skills, job skills in the F&B and office industry, and computer training skills.
In 2016, HOPE worldwide Singapore received generous funding of $80,000 from SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software. The grant aims to help 50 disadvantaged and at-risk youths through digital literacy and entrepreneurship skills trainings for a two-year period. The first batch of beneficiaries attended a six-month long youth entrepreneurship skills programme. The students put their acquired learnings to good use by participating in the National Design and Marketing Competition organized by DesignLab, where they presented innovative concepts for Singapore.