On Sunday, 6 February, we officially inaugurated our first satellite campus at the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) Hub, also to be referred to as Aidha @ FAST Hub. The in-person ceremony was graced by Aidha CEO, Jacqueline Loh and our special guests from FAST, FAST President Mr Lim Fang Sung, Chairperson of FAST’s Training & Development Committee Ms Helen Tan, Chief Executive Director Mr William Chew, and several members of the management team.Read More
Making the most of what we have!
Written by Belinda Fowler
Arnolita Dela Cruz came to Singapore in 2005 from the Philippines to help support her family. She saved hard and had already bought some land, two small tractors and a couple of motorbikes with her earnings by the time she joined Aidha in 2018. But it was at Aidha that Arnolita learned how to make those assets really work for her.Read More
A Business for Women, by Women
Janeta Espiritu left Manila, Philippines, and landed in Singapore in 2011 as a migrant domestic worker. She brought with her a hope to give her two kids a better life. Janeta recalls her difficulties starting work as a 17-year-old in The Philippines and the hurdles she faced trying to rent a place to live.Read More
Memories Made to Last – Graduation 2021
Our Graduation Ceremony is special for us. It is the day the entire Aidha community comes together to celebrate our graduates from Modules 2 and 3. These are students who have spent at least 12 months learning from our financial education programmes and put in the hard work and deep thinking to make their own personal financial plans and business plans.Read More
Poe’s Learning Journey
It has been five years since Poe Phu Thin left her home in Myanmar to work in Singapore as a migrant domestic worker (MDW). Before this, she was working as a tuition teacher teaching mathematics for five years. While she enjoyed teaching primary school students, the salary was not enough to support her family, that was when she made the decision to work in Singapore. As a tutor, education is something she is very passionate about and she tries to cultivate it through lifelong learning. “The more you read, the more you know and the more you learn, the more places you can go. There’s a lot of things you can learn online!”Read More
A Friendly Face at Aidha
Most Aidha students and alumnae will recognise Ting Claravall as the energetic emcee at our graduation ceremonies and events (both virtual and in-person!). But did you know that Ting has been with Aidha since the early years? A long-time volunteer who started in 2009, one of her first volunteering projects was producing Aidha’s first-ever graduation video! Ting was instrumental in spreading the word about Aidha, helping to grow our Facebook page and newsletter, together with the Aidha team back then. Ever since, she has played an active role in the Aidha community – as a mentor and also as an emcee for Aidha events and graduation ceremonies.Read More
New and Improved Aidha Business Accelerator!
The learning journey at Aidha does not end at our Module 3 – Start Your Business! We have the Aidha Business Accelerator (ABA) programme that provides support to Aidha alumnae who aspire to set up or strengthen their own businesses with more tailored support and significant new funding opportunities. We relaunched the new and improved ABA programme in 2020, and received encouraging participation from our alumnae! This year, as we ran the programme over Zoom, we were able to include alumnae who were back in their home countries for the first time. To make the programme more customised, we offered two different tracks – “Take Off” and “Runway”.Read More
Celebrating IWD with Learning Fest 2021!
Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day, the world reflects on the progress made towards gender equality and celebrates the achievements and strengths of women everywhere. This year, throughout the month of March, we held a special Learning Fest with an exciting array of free activities and classes for all FDWs to learn skills to thrive personally and financially! Working with partners, our goal is to support more women to build their knowledge and skills to prepare for a more sustainable future and working together we managed to host 8 learning sessions over the month!Read More
Ismiatun’s Big Plans!
Ismiatun Iskun came to Singapore from Indonesia more than 20 years ago, leaving her then four-year-old son. During her time working here as a foreign domestic worker (FDW), Ismiatun attended several courses to expand her skill-set. With the encouragement and support of her employers, she started taking sewing courses and learned how to design and create her own bags and more from scratch! With further self-directed practice and research, she was able to create more elaborate and intricate designs and is excited to try other designs!Read More
Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Zaccaria
As a passionate supporter of women’s empowerment and financial education, Laura Zaccaria was moved by Aidha’s mission and recognised that she could use her skills to support our programmes. Laura has been a volunteer mentor since 2015 after finding out about Aidha through her friend Prerana, who is also a seasoned Aidha volunteer. At the time, Laura was at a point in her life where she was trying to find something meaningful to spend her time on and channel her energy and volunteering with Aidha was just the right fit!Read More