NTUC Income, Singapore’s leading insurer and ICMIF member, is expanding the impact of their ongoing corporate social responsibility initiative OrangeAid by adopting three new beneficiary organisations and supporting four programmes that the organisations are running.
The move is part of NTUC Income’s holistic approach to help equalise opportunities for children and young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
NTUC Income has identified four programmes which, this year alone, have the potential to reach over 1,200 young people.
NTUC Income hopes to help deliver a positive and sustainable impact through these programmes, which are:
- NorthLight School’s Enhanced ICT Programme, aimed at equipping students who did not qualify for secondary school with word-processing skills of a minimal level required in the workplace;
- Dyslexia Association of Singapore’s (DAS) – Pre-School Bursary Programme, aimed at helping pre-school kids identify learning difficulties and sustaining special education provision to help overcome Dyslexia;
- South East Community Development Council (SECDC) – My First Break programme, aimed at exposing young people to entrepreneurial skills in a three-phase programme that includes an overseas secondment;
- SECDC Learning Family Programme – aimed at helping pre-school children who come from lower-income families and are lagging behind in their preparation for primary school. The programme engages both the children and their parents in learning and literacy.
The three new beneficiaries join three other programmes already supported through NTUC Income’s OrangeAid – Assumption Pathway School, Singapore Children’s Society and Moral Home for the Disabled.
Under OrangeAid, NTUC Income will commit 1% of its annual insurance operating profits to these programmes.
NTUC Income Chief Executive Tan Suee Chieh said increasingly, children and young people with learning challenges, physical disabilities and from neglected homes are falling through the cracks of the Singapore system. “We believe all young people deserve the opportunity to realise their full potential.
“NTUC Income’s OrangeAid programmes will help to make a meaningful impact at different stages of the lives of these children and youth. In doing this, NTUC Income hopes to equalise, empower and enable disadvantaged youth so that they create a better future for themselves,” he said.
NTUC Income’s OrangeAid also involves customer contributions and staff volunteers; all of whom are keen to make a difference to the lives of young people.