Our donors’ kindness made all the difference to them
Tan Suan Tuck, who is pursuing his Nitec in Attraction Operations, is one of the beneficiaries from the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund.
“My family went into financial hardship when my father's business failed. Things got worse when he passed away after a car accident. My mother has to work as a cleaner to support my sister and me. In the past, I worked long hours as an earphone promoter to help in making ends meet. It was very tiring and my mother was very worried for my studies. Fortunately, ITE helped me to get the bursary and that was really a huge relief. Last time, I did not have enough pocket money for my meals in the college. At least now I have money to eat! I was able to cut back on my part-time work and concentrate on my studies. I want to do well and pursue my dream to do the hospitality diploma at the Polytechnic. I want to do my family proud!”
Wan Nuristighfarah Wan Azhar, a Higher Nitec in Shipping Operations & Services student, is a beneficiary of financial support from Changi Foundation.
“My parents are divorced and my mother is left to look after all her four children. She earns about $800 a month as a kindergarten assistant. We live in a one-room flat but at least now I need not travel daily in and out of Johor, which was what we used to do. I got into ITE but thought of quitting to help my mother support our family. Fortunately, I can continue in ITE with the help of the bursary. I believe that when I graduate with an ITE certificate, I will be able to find a good job and support my siblings through their schooling.”
Mark Shaun Fernandez, a student in Nitec in Food & Beverage Operations, is a recipient of financial assistance from Toh Kian Chui Foundation.
“My father has passed away and my mother has to work to support me and my two siblings. It was not easy. As the only boy in the family, I felt tremendous pressure to help support my family. So I took up a part-time job but had to work from 7pm to 3am. I was very relieved when my teacher told me about the help available from Toh Kian Chui Foundation. Now, I don’t need to ask my mother for pocket money and feel guilty about adding to her burden. I will study hard to get good results and make my mother proud.”
Kok Lai Yin, who is completing her Nitec in Beauty & Wellness course in ITE, has the opportunity to benefit from an overseas industrial attachment – thanks to the funding from Changi Foundation.
“My mum has passed away and my father works as a taxi driver. I have three other siblings and our per capita income is about $500 per person. Never in my wildest dream would I imagine that I could go abroad one day. But with the additional financial support from Changi Foundation, I actually had the chance to go on an Overseas Industrial Attachment Programme in Fuzhou! It was my first time sitting in an aeroplane and going to another country. The feeling was fantastic.
The attachment programme was really an eye-opener for me. I saw how creative and innovative the China businesses can be, and I was exposed to new technology and solutions in the beauty and spa industry there. Their people are very hardworking and worked long hours every day.
Through this overseas experience, I realise that we really need to have a global mindset and be open to opportunities in the global world.”