Nur Aini, aidha 2012 graduate and Sunday volunteer..
“I was 19 years old when I came to Singapore to work as a domestic worker. I left my husband and my son in Semarang, in Central Java, Indonesia because I thought it would give my family a better future. When I arrived, the high buildings scared me. My employer’s family lived on the 24th floor! Four years passed and I heard bad news from home that my husband had married another woman, and had a child with her. I was really worried and scared about how to bring my son up on my own. It was a difficult decision – was it better to pack up and return home or should I stay in Singapore and continue to support my son from here? My employer told me to forget the past and focus on my son’s future. So that’s what I decided to do. I looked around for a course to improve myself and I heard about aidha. I decided to enrol in 2011.
The aidha course taught me many new practical skills, such as business skills and computing. At aidha, I learnt the importance of saving. I managed to save about $300 a month. With this money, I bought a plot of land back home and built my own house. I also decided to start a pesticide business with my father. This was one of the business skills that I had learnt at aidha and it was a good way to make sure that my son’s future was safe and secure. I never thought that I would be a business owner and this made me feel very happy and proud. One thing that I was also very proud of was my new confidence as my spoken English had improved a lot. I was never very confident before, so this was a quite a big achievement for me. Read more