SPH Foundation pledges its support for YWCA's new Meals-On-Wheels Programme for children

Singapore, 15 November 2006 Over 80 children no longer go to bed hungry under the Young Women's Christian Association's (YWCA) new Meals-on-Wheels Programme for children.

The Programme was inspired by The Straits Times Saturday Special report “Poverty: Generation Next” published on 27 May 2006. It featured children who do not have enough to eat, many a time they skip dinner, drink tap water and go to bed early to keep their hunger pangs at bay. The YWCA Meals-on-Wheels for Children aims to ensure that children from low-income families in the Outram area get hot, nutritious evening meals delivered to their homes for free daily.

This Programme is the first of its kind as it is for children whereas current Meals-on-Wheels programmes run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations serve only needy senior citizens.

Started on 31 July 2006 with 80 children aged six to twelve years old from Zhangde Primary School, Queenstown Primary School and Beyond Social Services, Meals-on-Wheels for Children is considering extending the Programme to other schools around the Outram area. The YWCA hopes to reach out to 100 needy children by December 2006 and 200 by the end of 2008.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation Limited has generously donated $50,000/- towards the purchase of a meals delivery van for the Programme. Dr Robert Loh, a Director of the SPH Foundation said, "Currently, the existing Meals-on-Wheels programmes are only available to serve the elderly. Young children also need nutritious meals to keep them alert for learning and for play. With the SPH Foundation’s sponsorship of a dedicated vehicle for this programme, we hope to assist YWCA in reaching out to more needy children so that they can concentrate better on their studies and also have fun."

The YWCA has also received a $20,000/- donation from Lee Foundation, as well as donations from the public through its Adopt-a-Child programme.

Mrs Jaswant Sroya, principal of Zhangde Primary School expressed her appreciation and support of the Programme because many students from her school could not afford more than one meal a day.

Mrs Kumar of Queenstown Primary School is impressed and happy with the Programme. She said that the Programme helps to lessen some of the financial burden faced by the families of the beneficiaries. In addition, the dinners that are delivered daily help to meet the nutrition needs of the children.

Ms Nurshedah Kamsani, Beyond Social Services ‘Life Programme’ Manager, mentioned that the children at their centre are truly “hungry no more.” These children look forward to the delivery of the dinners as they know that the food will be able to fill their stomachs. In fact, some of the children wrote their names on the styrofoam boxes so that they can bring home some of the food for their mothers. Ms Nurshedah also noted that 80% the children are now more alert and can concentrate better in their studies after having the regular dinners.

The YWCA Meals-on-Wheels for Children Programme aims to provide a more holistic approach to help the children on the Programme in addition to providing free nutritious dinners. Our future plans for the children include a drop-in centre for the children and organizing camps and workshops to help the children realise their potential through social, emotional and moral support.

The full text of the speeches delivered at the Key Handing-over Ceremony today by Ms Tan Kee Leng, President of YWCA and Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, can be found in Annex A below. The stories of two families benefiting from the YWCA Meals-on-Wheels Programme for Children can be found in Annex B.

63KB Annex A - Speech by the President of the YWCA
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27KB Annex B - Stories
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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Ms Alice Wong
Acting Manager (Programmes)
Young Women's Christian Association of Singapore
DID: 6223 1227
Fax: 6227 3650
Email: alicewong@ywca.org.sg

Ms Selina Lim
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited DID: 6319 1872
HP: 9435 2856
FAX: 6319 8150
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

About the Young Women's Christian Association of Singapore
The YWCA of Singapore is a registered Charity and an Institution of Public Character (“IPC”). Though the YWCA is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), it is not a member of the Community Chest and hence does not receive funding from it. The YWCA was founded in 1875 with the vision of bringing women into a community fellowship through which they may grow as Christians by faith, work and deed. The YWCA also seeks to serve the community with love and compassion, and provide quality programmes, facilities and services to advance the development and enrichment of women’s lives.


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