Aidha Graduation Ceremony 2018

On Sunday, 28 October 2018, we saw our Aidha graduates receive their certifications for completing two courses at Aidha, some completing courses from our previous curriculum and some from our new curriculum. We are also proud that to present our first ever Honours Graduates for 2018! We would like to give special thanks to the following guests, for making it happens: Our amazing emcee, Ms Ting Claravall, our Keynote speaker, Ms Anita Kapoor who shared about our inner fire and how our fire inside, pushes us, makes us to new things and gives us the energy to do everything we want to! Thank you to the embassy representatives especially, Ms. Hnin Nu Nu Aung, the Second Secretary and Mr. Thu Ko Ko Soe Attache, Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Mr Victorio Mario M Dimagiba, Jr, the Deputy Head of Mission / Minister and Consul General, Embassy of the Philippines in Singapore.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) and Singapore Floral Garage. Not forgetting, our Volunteer Project Team who contributed to the ceremony: Anya Svintsova, Nägin Chater-Sahab, Virginie Esparon, Weilun Sheng – and the talented choreographer, Sari Marsden!

We would also like to thank all the attendees, graduates, employers, friends of the graduates and of course, the volunteers and staff members who made it possible on that day! Last but not least, we would like to congratulate the following students: For Best Personal Financial Plan: Ms Rara Anggriani – Aidha 2018 Graduation Personal Financial Plan Competition, Runner Up and Ms Gleia Mae Dagoyo Duenas – Aidha 2018 Graduation Personal Financial Plan Competition, Winner. And for Best Business Plan: Sri Rohanah – Aidha 2018 Graduation Business Plan Competition, Runner Up and Musatomah – Aidha 2018 Graduation Business Plan Competition, Winner Once again, we would like to congratulate all graduates of 2018!

Check out the full photo album here

Aidha Photography Exhibition 2018

Discover hidden talents and take a unique perspective on the lives of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore at the 3rd Annual Aidha Photography Exhibition from 24th to 25th November 2018.

As a way to celebrate foreign domestic workers as dreamers, artists and changemakers, 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.

The featured photographs are all taken by FDWs as part of the Unspoken Life Photography Competition. Photographs will be available for sale and all proceeds will go towards the Aidha’s 2018 Gift of Education campaign.

From the breathtaking photographs and inspiring stories to lively interactive workshops facilitated by foreign domestic workers, the exhibition is filled with fun and cultural activities for everyone! Also, don’t miss out on the screening of ‘The Helper’, an award-winning documentary showcasing the sacrifices and the lives of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong which will take place on Sunday, 25th November, at 11am and 4pm. Click here to book your tickets.

We are also partnering with the Singapore Committee for UN Women by taking our stand with them for #16DaysOfActivism, this exhibition being one of the featured events. The time for change is here and now! Stay tuned here for a full lineup of events in support of this global campaign. Come with your friends, helpers and families and join us for this exciting event!

Date: Sat, 24th Nov and Sun, 25th Nov
Time: 1pm to 6pm Venue: Intersections Gallery, 34 Kandahar St, Singapore 198892 (Nearest MRT Station – Bugis)
FREE Admission and Open to All!

Stay tuned to our FB event page here for more updates… 

Make Your Money Work For You Workshop @ CDE

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.

Unspoken Life: Aidha Photography Exhibition 2017

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.

#SheMeansBusiness Facebook Workshop

“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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Talk

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.

#Be100percent

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.

ABA Workshop

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.

ABA Google Workshop

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.

Graduation Ceremony 2018

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 Graduation Ceremony 2018 Tickets

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected], or call us at +65 63415287. Also, check out our Facebook event page here.

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