Selina McCole is all set to conquer the Saharan sands for Aidha!

Early next month, Selina McCole will set out on the journey of a lifetime, running what has been described by the National Geographic Channel as “the toughest footrace on earth”. The race, covering around 257 km across the Sahara Desert, is the equivalent of six marathons, run or walked over six days. Aside from water, runners must carry with them all that they need to survive. We caught up with Selina to find out how her final preparations are going.

Written by: Kate Shepherd

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From employer-employee to co-volunteers

sarah-norma

by Ting Claravall

Aidha is fortunate to enjoy strong support in the expat community for our work with low-income women. Many in this community are happy to send their foreign domestic helpers on their Sunday day off to benefit from Aidha’s programmes. .. . Or even to become volunteers themselves.

But there are some who believe so deeply in the Aidha mission that they end up doing both.

Such is the case with Australian employer Sarah Druce and Norma Casinova, her domestic helper of five years. We sat down with this employer-employee team to learn more about what powers their commitment to Aidha – and to each other.

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“CELebrating CELmar” – Aidha thanks a loyal and dedicated volunteer…

By Ting Claravall with Kate Vickery

One of Aidha’s longest-serving alumni volunteers is leaving us to go back home to the Philippines and start her new journey as an entrepreneur. Celmar has been a mainstay at Aidha since almost the very first day we opened our doors. So here’s a simple tribute to show her how much we appreciate all she has done. Please join us in ‘Cel-ebrating Celmar’ and do wish her luck in her future endeavours by commenting below!

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May Volunteer of the Month: Maria Tato Garcia – A migrant woman for other migrant women

Maria helping out in one of Aidha's events

Maria (right most) helping out with packing goodie bags for this year’s Tour de Singapore

That’s how Maria Tato Garcia, or simply Maria, sees herself when asked about her volunteer work with Aidha.

“I’m also a migrant woman in Singapore. The only difference is that I was lucky to have had a good education which gives me a wider choice of opportunities in life.”

This is why she’s very passionate about Aidha and its mission of providing education to migrant domestic workers to help them create financially sustainable futures.

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Our Star Volunteer for March: Miin Hwang

By : Karen Fernandez  

‘good egg’ n.Informal. an agreeable or trustworthy person. One ‘good egg’ at Aidha must surely be long-time volunteer, Miin Hwang, who has remained steadfastly with Aidha since 2010. From Aidha’s early days at Nassim Road, then at NTUC, and now at UWC, Miin has been a loyal and passionate supporter of Aidha’s journey. In her typically understated manner, she quietly and efficiently takes on the projects that come her way, from planning the logistics of moving over 300 students from NTUC to UWC, scouring properties around town in search of a new Aidha admin office, to installing Windows on our laptops, organising an office recycling bin, hanging up pictures, and most recently, helping project-manage the set-up of our new campus management database system. Miin has long become our go-to person because we know that any task will get done fast and reliably. Combined with a wicked sense of humour, Miin is a volunteer we are always glad to see every Monday and Tuesday and feel very fortunate to have on our team. Read More