Join Aidha’s annual photography competition 📷 that is open to all foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and have your photos featured at our upcoming exhibition on 24th & 25th Nov held at Intersections. Competition winners will receive cash prizes totaling $1500 with a grand prize of $500!
Unspoken Life gives voice to the journeys that FDWs take when they arrive in Singapore. There are over 240,000 FDWs in Singapore but many remain unseen and invisible, defined solely by their duties and responsibilities. This exhibition delves beneath the labels to unfurl the many selves that FDWs keep hidden from Singapore society – as dreamers, artists, and changemakers, both locally and in their home countries. This is a call to all FDWs to share your Unspoken Life!
Send your submissions to [email protected] by Sunday, 4th November 2018 (extended submission deadline). Photos should be your original photo, Hi-Res, JPG format and may consist of the following styles: photo series or a single image. Please do not submit selfies Include a description of each of your photographs/series in 100 words or less.
Submit your photographs under these categories:
1. Dream On 🏆
What are your hopes and dreams? Whether it’s looking to the future or reflecting on your past, share with us how your hopes and dreams have changed or grown since you’ve started working abroad. Show us what inspires you to chase these dreams – it could be anything, big or small, that reminds you to keep going and continue pursuing your aspirations.
2. Aidha and I … 👯 (Open to Aidha students and alumni only)
Coming to Aidha is more than just learning about managing your money and entrepreneurship – it’s about being part of a diverse community of determined and resilient women. Have you been inspired by the people you’ve met at Aidha? What does Aidha mean to you?
3. Through My Eyes 👀
For the first time ever, we are opening up a “freestyle” category that invites photographers to submit photos of any style or theme. Be it something that caught your attention, or a story you’ve always wanted to tell – feel free to showcase your creativity!
Stay tuned to our FB event page here for more updates…
On 24th September, Aidha was invited by Centre for Domestic Employees – CDE to run the “Make Your Money Work for You” workshop at [email protected] Plaza from 11am to 2pm. The idea of the workshop was to share tips and tricks on money management in an engaging an Aidha was invited by Centre for Domestic Employees – CDE to run the “Make Your Money Work for You” workshop d fun way. We had a total of 25 very enthusiastic participants who interacted with the Aidha mentors throughout the workshop. We played the money management game that everyone enjoyed thoroughly. Our wonderful mentors did a fabulous job in sharing some great insights on ways you can make your money work wonders for you. Thank you to the Aidha volunteers for facilitating the session and a big thank you to CDE for having us! All the photos from the event can be found here.
Aidha organised the final event of the year, the Unspoken Life: Aidha Photography Competition & Exhibition 2017! We held an Opening Night event where we invited the media, representatives from Indonesia and Philippines embassy, corporate partners and Aidha supporters. The following days, on Saturday, 16th and Sunday 17th December, we opened the gallery to the public! We received positive responses from them as they were utterly impressed by the photography skills, creativity and of course, the emotional stories that came with the photographs. Not only that, we had several workshops that were run by the amazing partners and NGOs such as Sing Lit Station who organised the poetry workshop facilitated by local poet, Crispin Rodrigues, Aidha experienced mentors ran the ever-popular money management game and lastly, the photography workshop was organised by Aidha volunteer, Elvin Ling and Lensational, an NGO which empowers women through photography. Also, not forgetting, we had an amazing time with the live sketching idea courtesy of Unstitching Boundaries and our gallery partner, Intersections!
Thank you to all these amazing partners! Also, a BIG thank you to our event sponsors: Mr Ken Cambie, Ms Abela Samson Lourdes, Ms Chan Yvonna, Ms Chua Yi Wen and Ms Chung Li Li! Lastly, thank you to all who attended the event and we hope to continue providing a platform for domestic workers where they can shine as artists, dreamers and changemakers! Special thanks to all the volunteers and the organising committee, Ida Supahat, Elvin Ling, Helen Stutz and Yuen Sin!
All the photos from the event can be found here.
“When women succeed, we all win.” On the 29th of January 2018, Aidha along with over 60 FDWs (Aidha students and non-students) headed to Facebook’s Asia-Pacific office, for a presentation on using Facebook for business and a grand tour of the Facebook Asia Pacific office. It was quite an exciting day as Aidha partnered with #SheMeansBusiness for the first time (not the last time for sure!) and presented on Women in Business and how social media tools like Facebook and Instagram can be used for business growth. Clair Deevy and Diana Seodardi from the #shemeansbusiness Facebook team led the presentation and shared tips and tricks for excelling as a Woman in the business world and also pressed on the importance of privacy/security when using Facebook. They also highlighted to the attendees the difference between Business vs Personal Profile Page – which is crucial to anyone kickstarting their company. This was followed by refreshments and a terrific tour of the super cool Facebook Asia Pacific office. We cannot thank the #SheMeansBusiness team enough for the organising the workshop and share all those great insights with our students.
All the photos from the event can be found here.
Aidha and the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) arranged a free Breast Cancer Awareness talk at the Sunday campus. Over 60 Aidha students and other FDWs attended the session which covered the multiple aspects of most cancer that plagues women worldwide. A representative from BCF Awareness, Ms. Cheng Ee Shan, spoke to the crowd about causes, symptoms, effects and cure of Breast Cancer and also listed out how BCF supports the patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
We also had Dr. Andrew Clayton Lee, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Changi General Hospital, cover the risk factors and prevention of breast cancer. Finally, Ms Esther Sim, an active BCF volunteer and member of BCF Paddlers-in-the-Pink, shared her story of overcoming three incidents of breast cancer. It was a beautiful Sunday with some great information sessions and stories being shared. We thank @BreastCancerFoundation of Singapore for arranging this, and also thank HOME: Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics for being a part of the event.
All the photos from the event can be found here.
Benefit Cosmetics, in preparation for the launch of their global philanthropic program “Bold is Beautiful”, has lined up numerous intitiatives. This year’s theme is #Be100percent, aiming to empower women to feel 100% themselves by increasing access to resources and opportunities to affect positive change in their local communities. Aidha was invited to two events – the Benefit brunch on the 22nd of March and the press launch on the 23rd of March. Aidha was represented by the Aidha team and alumni. Our alumni, Radliyah, shared a touching story of her life, her struggles and how she overcame them.
All the photos from these events can be found here.
On the 26th of August, Aidha held an Aidha Business Accelerator (ABA) workshop at the Sunday Campus to help the students to fine tune and refine their business plans.
The first half had mentor Mr. Paolo Adragna presenting to the students on “Ways to Finance Small Businesses”, giving specific pointers that would help students with their monetary planning.
The students then broke out into smaller groups for one-on-one mentoring session with other Aidha mentors to discuss other aspects of business financing like cash flow and overall business planning. We are extremely grateful to all the mentors who took the time out to help our ABA students.
Google has been a great partner of Aidha’s for a long time, and on 19th of August, they set up a workshop for students in Aidha Business Accelerator (ABA) program to design logos for their businesses.
Each participant had two consultations to go in-depth into their business ideas and design their logos. The Googlers were really helpful in giving our alumni useful insights and guidelines on how to pick the right logo and creatives for their business. We are immensely grateful to Google for having Aidha over and giving our ABA students all the great pointers and take-aways.
All photos from the workshop can be found here.
Aidha’s biggest and most exciting event! This is a special moment for the whole Aidha community as we celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2018.
Date: 28 October 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Nexus Auditorium, Cuppage Plaza
5 Koek Road #05-07 Singapore 228796
Tickets can be purchased at Room 201, Aidha Sunday Campus at the Student Support Desk or below.
$10 for Aidha students, alumni, all FDWs, volunteers and mentors.
$20 for other adult guests and children above 12 years old.
Aidha was invited by Air Amber to participate in the Asian Premiere of “Soufra” at Capitol Theater on the 1st and 2nd of September 2018. The film is a great documentary about a story of determination, love and compassion.
We also sold Nilu Tea and greeting cards and photographs from Aidha’s annual photography competition/exhibition. Thank you to everyone who came to our booth to show their support!
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