There are currently 23,900 children living in public rental housing.
These flats are for Singaporeans who cannot afford to buy one and have no other housing options. The rent payable is dependent on their household income, with monthly rents starts from S$26 a one-room flat.
Every weekend, whilst she imagines other teenagers may be sleeping in...
...or going out with their families, Wan Nur Wardina will be doing all the household chores in the morning. Tidying up the house, sweeping and mopping the floor — the 17-year-old has been doing chores like these since she was young.
“This (is) considered my responsibility …
...because my mum (works at) weekends,” she said. Since she was 13, she has also been taking care of her brother, who is now five years old, while their mother is at work.
She sometimes also gets “stressed about finances”, for example when she has “no money to buy food”.
She started working during the school holidays two years ago, delivering parcels. She worries that she cannot go to school. “Or I worry (that) I can’t pay (for something) on that day,” she said, adding that all her responsibilities have affected her “a lot” at school.
Young Hearts fosters self-reliance and empowers children and youth living in public rental housing by providing them with access to out-of-reach opportunities.
Our mission is accomplished through the provision of Education, Mentorship, and Motivation. By instilling confidence in their abilities and highlighting the range of opportunities available to them, we aim to curb limiting mindsets, and pave the way for them to become dynamic and socially-conscious members of society.
Additionally, we promote a 'pay-it-forward' approach, encouraging our Young Hearts to give back to the community by engaging in meaningful volunteer work.
"I wished for someone who can help me learn."
Within the confines of a cramped one-room rental flat, 12-year-old James (not his real name) lives with two younger siblings and his single-parent mother, who toils three jobs for minimum wage. James trudges to school on an empty stomach. While the weight of failing the exams bears heavy upon him, hunger was foremost on his mind.
James met a teacher from Young Hearts
Singapore Red Cross Young Hearts programme provides academic support and mentorship for children and youth from challenging backgrounds. We uplift and empower them, helping them overcome challenges to realise their full potential.
With Young Hearts, James passed the PSLE.
Through tuition and enrichment, volunteer tutors and mentors work with children and youth to enhance literacy and academic skills, as well as character-building and decision-making. Young Hearts is a safe space for children and youth, enabling them to gain confidence to navigate life's challenges.
Young Hearts supports our youth to be responsible citizens.
Young Hearts aim to instil moral values in our youth, so they become responsible and socially-conscious citizens. Youth are encouraged to do good through volunteering opportunities with the Singapore Red Cross.
At Peace of Art, we break the chains of adversity for children in need. Our efforts provide them resources to achieve their fullest potential regardless of background or circumstance. In so doing, we build a more compassionate and inclusive society where every child is given the opportunity to thrive, thereby creating a brighter and more sustainable future for humanity.DONATE NOW