Muchas gracias, merci beaucoup, arigato to our wonderful volunteers!

Sunday is always a busy day for Aidha volunteers (and of course, our students!) as they make their way in and out of the Campus Office, collect their teaching materials, and rush for their classes. But they always seem to leave their classes with a satisfied smile….

In the past month, a few of our wonderful volunteers left their classes with mixed emotions of pride, and satisfaction  mixed with a tinge of melancholy as they completed their last classes at Aidha. These are volunteers who are or will be leaving Singapore in the near future and will no longer be able to continue teaching and mentoring our students.

We dedicate this article to them to thank them for their endless commitment and enthusiasm as mentors, teachers and guides to our students. Here are some words of wisdom that they would like to share with the Aidha community.

Written by: Aneesha Daswani

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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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