History

2018
Thanks to the support of generous donors, Aidha was able to lower course fees by nearly 40% with the goal of making its programmes more accessible and empowering many more women each year.
2017
Aidha launches its new curriculum with 3 modules – Manage Your Money & Tech, Plan Your Financial Future and Start Your Business along with an enhanced Improve Your English course.
2016
Aidha celebrates its 10th anniversary. Launches its first programme for low-income local women, “My Dollars and Cents”, with Casa Raudha.
2015
Aidha achieves Institution of Public Character (IPC) status. Donations to Aidha are now 250% tax deductible.
Aidha receives the AWARE Award for Financial Empowerment: NGO Initiative.
Aidha pilots a beginner’s English course.
2014
The campus moves to United World College SEA at Dover Road. First edition of Aidha’s Tour de Singapore.
2011
Aidha receives government registered charity status.
2008
Aidha’s founding president, Sarah Mavrinac, is awarded the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation’s “Singapore Social Entrepreneur of the Year”. By now, Aidha has launched its first campus at 2 Nassim Road.
2006
Aidha is officially launched as an independent entity. Aidha’s founding board is drawn from the board of the Singapore Committee for UN Women and includes Sarah Mavrinac (founding President), current Chair, Claudine Lim, current board member, Saleemah Ismail, and current CEO, Jacqueline Loh. The first intake of 25 students is taught by Sarah Mavrinac in a condominium function room.
2005
Seed funding of $35,000 was provided by the Singapore Council of Women Organisations (SCWO) to establish Aidha as an independent organisation dedicated to providing financial education to foreign domestic workers.
2001
The Singapore Committee for UN Women (formerly UNIFEM Singapore) pilots a financial management programme for foreign domestic workers initiated by Audrey Chin and Melissa Kwee.
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