First of all, she had to quit school after her father passed away to help her mother raise her younger siblings. That required strength and maturity. Then she opened own business – a small grocery store in their home – when she was only 19!
Aidha’s monthly Sunday Fundays are one of the most popular campus activities that brings both past and present Aidha students, as well as non-students, together for a day of educational activities.
This month’s activity was a display of Aidha’s peer-supported learning at its best. Three graduates, Asha Cooray, Liza Padua and Tumini, generously agreed to be the featured speakers in a session entitled, “Chat with our Students”, where they shared about how much they’ve gained from studying at Aidha. The session was facilitated by long-time volunteer, Kate Vickery.
Let’s meet these three amazing ladies and see what they had to say!
On March 15, 2015, our gradate Heden Dayawon was featured with her employer, Ms Moonlake Lee, in the Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore’s leading Chinese newspaper. Heden talked proudly of the skills she had acquired at Aidha. The article was translated for us by our friends and volunteers.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: “With support and encouragements from employers, foreign domestic workers are upgrading their skill sets and returning home to start their own businesses.” According to official statistics, there are more than 200,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore. A vital portion of our working population. “Foreign domestic workers are a key part of the labour force in Singapore, and while they help families relieve their household burdens, some FDWs have also returned to campus to undergo financial and business skills training, with the support of employers’ support and encouragement.
By Debbie Reyes-Coloma
There are about 214,500 foreign domestic workers employed in Singapore.
They are mostly from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, but all share a similar desire: to escape poverty in their home towns, and give their families a chance at a better future. They’ll do whatever it takes to make it work. The money they remit home gets their children through school. It builds a modest house. It helps pay off debts. There’s usually very little left over, if anything at all. Read More