November 20th is Universal Children’s Day. This day is celebrated to bring about awareness and recognition to children all over the world. On this day, we at Conjunct would like to spotlight the great work being done by one of our non-profit partner, Children’s Aid Society.
Children’s Aid Society provides a safe environment for children in need of care and protection and has helped numerous children over the last 115 years of their existence. We met with Mr Frederick Low, Executive Director, and Ms Wan Yin Lim, Community Engagement Executive, and captured here is an interview with them.
Can you share with us the mission for Children’s Aid Society?
The mission of Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is to help children and young people in need, so they succeed and contribute to family and society. We have always focused on being there for the most vulnerable.
What have been some of the high points and achievements for Children’s Aid Society
With over a century of history, we have been continuously evolving through the times and modifying our service delivery to serve the need of the hour. From providing shelter and nutrition for homeless children in the early years of our operation to caring for children and their families coping with family violence and child neglect issues in recent times.
We have also developed into a ‘Home away from Home’ for not just children (6-12 years old), but also young adolescents (13-18 years old). Our comprehensive programmes also promote inclusiveness as we cater to the growing proportion of special needs residents in our care.
What are the challenges you have faced? What can/is being done to battle these challenges?
Another emerging challenge is securing sustainable funding for niche programmes that may serve smaller beneficiary pools. An example would be helping the older group of youths-in-care (18 years old and above) who may require additional guidance in taking their first steps towards independent living in the community. We hope to engage long-term donors who wish to support such a specialised programme.
How do you meet the needs of all of these children of different ages and needs? How are they being helped?
Children’s Aid Society understands that children learn at different paces. We have a team of social workers, who collaborate with counsellors and therapists, to address behavioural issues that could be impacting their personal development in school and social lives.
How can someone help/support the Children’s Aid Society?
What message would you like to share for Universal Children’s Day?
We hope the day is about celebrating children in all circumstances, those with special needs, those who are ill, or from challenging family situations. We want this day to be an opportunity to advocate for these lesser-heard voices.
Conjunct Consulting has had the opportunity of working with Children’s Aid Society on two consulting projects in different strategic areas. As a valued partner, CAS is very appreciative of the work that our team has delivered to them. We are so proud of the long-standing history and services of our partner, CAS.
We are immensely grateful for all the work Children’s Aid Society does to support the children and youth of Singapore. In the coming months and year, Children’s Aid Society will be planning various events to engage with volunteers, donors, and families. You can find out all about them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/childrensaidsocietysg/ and participate.