Local Low-Income Pilot Project with Casa Raudha

In October 2016, Aidha pioneered its very first pilot programme with low-income Singaporean women in partnership with Casa Raudha. The Casa Raudha Women’s Home was founded in 2008 with the goal of providing temporary shelter for women victims of domestic violence and abuse. Capable of housing up to 50 women and children, the home also believes in empowering their residents to take control of their lives by providing them with the necessary skills to be self-sufficient.

Written by: Michelle Tan

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Aidha Turns 10 – Transforming Lives For Over a Decade

On December 1st, 2016, the Pavilion at Far East Square was filled with an impressive amount of orange. Orange dresses, orange decorations and even orange food! It was Aidha’s 10th birthday celebration and, as usual, the mood was excellent.

Written by: Vitttoria O.

The most orang-est event of the year! Aidha alumni and volunteers come together to celebrate Aidha’s 10th Anniversary

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A look back at Aidha Tour de Singapore 2016

Despite the pre-dawn hour, the valiant Aidha team of staff, students and volunteers were carting boxes of water and isotonic drinks,  bananas  and oranges; hanging up banners and blowing up balloons; and registering participants for the Aidha Tour de Singapore Bike Ride 2016. More than 170 wonderful cyclists took part to help us to raise funds for our programmes. Everyone had fun, the weather cooperated with us, there was lots of good homemade food and, most importantly, each and every cyclist made it back safely to East Coast Park. To date, we’ve raised about $50K so far. While it is still far away from our target of $150K, the donations continue to come in and we are hopeful that we will soon be much closer to our target. We look back at the fun and buzz of the Aidha’s 4th Tour de Singapore Bike Ride.

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What’s happening at Aidha…

3 April 2016: Curriculum Review Project

As part of Aidha’s Curriculum Review, Focus Group Discussions were conducted on 3 April 2016. The groups comprised Module 1, Module 2, Alumni and Module 1 mentors. The insights gathered will  help us revise our  curriculum to better serve our students. We are now in the midst of collating results from the sessions and will share this with you soon. We would like to express our gratitude to all participants who provided their invaluable insights, volunteer note-takers from Aidha; and volunteer facilitators from Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS). If you’d like to find out more about FNS’ work, click here.

Aidha Alumni who participated in the Focus Group Discussion

1 May 2016: Benefit Cosmetics’  ‘BOLD IS BEAUTIFUL’ campaign for Aidha has started!

 

Look good and feel good this May by supporting Benefit Cosmetics’ ‘Bold is Beautiful’ campaign and help Aidha!. Throughout the month of May, 100% of the proceeds of every eyebrow wax – which costs $26 – will be divided between Aidha and UN Women’s Girls2Pioneers project. This is the first time Benefit is holding their annual charity fundraiser outside of the US. For the launch of its Asia campaign, Singapore made an obvious choice; for Aidha to be included as one of its first two chosen charities is indeed an honour. ‘The partnership with Benefit Cosmetics is a particularly apt one as we both celebrate strong, beautiful and empowered women‘ says Aidha CEO, Karen Fernandez.

This is how you can support the campaign:

– Have your eyebrows waxed and tell all your friends to do so too!

– Take your Mom for a eyebrow wax this Sunday – perfect for a fun mother-and-daughter session on Mother’s Day!

– Be an internal ambassador in your organisation and tell all your colleagues. If there are enough people in your organisation who want their eyebrows waxed, Benefit will send their eyebrow wax expert to your office! Waxes only take about 15-20 minutes each, so it’s easy to fit it in during your lunch break. You’ll just need to book a meeting room where the waxing can be done. Singapore Women’s Weekly will also also come down and give away lucky draw prizes. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! All interested ambassadors, please email ida.supahat@aidha.org. Please visit http://www.boldisbeautiful.com/sg/ for more details. Don’t forget to have your eyebrows waxed this weekend!


CEO Message. Gearing up for our big Bike Ride: we need YOU!

March saw us all in full Bike Ride prep mode: plotting out the 50k and 100k routes, applying for police permits for the agreed cycle routes, arranging insurance and buying first aid kits, exploring unknown parts of Pasir Panjang for T-shirt making warehouses, getting the flag-making ‘factory’ in full swing for the cheer teams lining the routes, deciding on the number of bananas at the drink stops  to keep our hot, thirsty bikers hydrated and cramp-free, badgering (oops, I mean persuading!) sponsors for goody bag gifts, and signing up just about everyone who happened to cross our path as a volunteer for one task or another!

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