Enriching lives of needy children in Jurong

Enriching lives of needy children in Jurong
The initiative is part of an enrichment programme for underprivileged children in Jurong Central. The scheme also includes science workshops and visits to heritage sites during school holidays and weekends.

Austin Hoo, 10, has been hoping to visit the Science Centre Singapore for the past year, but his mother is too busy with work to take him there.

Still, he will soon get his wish, as grassroots leaders in his neighbourhood in Jurong will organise visits to the Science Centre for about 80 low-income children.

The initiative is part of an enrichment programme for underprivileged children in Jurong Central. The scheme also includes science workshops and visits to heritage sites during school holidays and weekends.

Youth volunteers from the Science Centre and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) as well as staff from General Electric have been roped in to help with the activities.

The programme was launched yesterday, at a community event held in Jurong East, by South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling and Jurong GRC Member of Parliament Ang Wei Neng.

Mr Ang told reporters on the sidelines of the event that many of the 80 children live in rental flats and have parents who both work. "We want to expose them to activities they usually wouldn't get a chance to take part in," he said.

Since 2012, grassroots leaders from the South West District have rolled out programmes to improve the lives of the less privileged.

Initiatives include getting volunteers to befriend seniors in need, health screenings and tuition programmes for needy children. Parents welcomed the latest move to enrich the lives of their children.

Austin's mother, administrative assistant Lim Wei Bin, 33, said: "My son spends most of his time playing computer games at home during the school holidays because I am working."

 


This article was first published on June 15, 2015.
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