"SIA thrives in this competitive service industry because we have benevolent individuals like you who understand human touch, connecting people with our hearts."
It has been 8 years since we started the Overseas Charity Project. On behalf of ALPA-S, we would like to thank you for your support. Back in 2013, this was just a humble project aimed at supporting 200 overseas children’s education. Then we had Typhoon Haiyan, Nepal Earthquake - the number of children who need help continues to grow.
CHARITY PROJECTS – OVERSEAS
MYANMAR FULLMOON CHILDREN’S HOME
This is our joint project with cabin crew 5Cs. Our cabin crew builds the infrastructure while we sponsor their education. This close relationship reinforces the fact that we are not just partners in the air, but that we share the same soft spot for children and will do our best. Since 2013, we have provided uniforms, school bags and school fees to more than 300 children. They came from families of Typhoon Nargis and the civil war.
Over and above the education support, we also presented awards in 2017, to children with outstanding academic results and good character. In addition to that, donations of preowned Notebooks and tablets from colleagues helped in improving their computer lab.
CAMBODIA – SLUM SCHOOL
In 2014, we supported 2 schools in the slums of Phnom Penh. This was a joint venture with a medical group. The doctors helped treat HIV infected mothers, and we helped the children in marginal families by providing education in a child friendly environment.
In 2015/16, we provided food and subsidized the education support for about 150 children.
While In 2017, we distributed 820 sets of uniforms to 410 students. A lot of these children came from families living in the cemetery with no consistent income.
And into 2018, we hope to continue supporting the 400+ students with uniforms and stationeries.
NEPAL EARTH QUAKE
Our contribution to Nepal dates back to 2005, where we raised a total of $92,520 in a UNICEF education project with a coffee table book. We were told then that an impending earthquake was looming.
On 25 Apr 2016, a 7.8Mw earthquake hit Nepal and within a week, we brought in and supervised the distribution of disaster supplies to 75 villages in 15 districts. More than 30 tons of tarpaulins, blankets, tents, sleeping bags and medical supplies were distributed.
Apart from providing disaster relief, we have also made 8 trips (most recent trip in Jan 18) to Nepal for implementation audits on:
Hope Asha Vidhyashram School Renovation
20 Classrooms in 10 schools (Hope Nepal)
50 Temporary houses for marginal families (Hope Nepal and Nepalese Society Singapore).
In 2016/17, we also sponsored about 180 earthquake affected children by paying for their uniforms, stationeries, books shoes etc.
And as for 2018, we wish to support about 120-150 children more, most of which coming from families with less than USD50/mth household income.
PHILIPPINES – TYPHOON HAIYAN
Typhoon Haiyan devastated 95% of Tacloban on 8 Nov 2015 and rendered the airport non-operational. With no water supply and electricity in the city, we took a 20hr journey down to participate in the relief efforts.
We participated in the ‘food and education’ program to relieve 500 children in 3 of the poorest Tacloban villages.
We also provided 5 fishing boats to benefit 12 families in the ‘Fishermen/Widows’ project.
Many Tacloban children were still living dangerously close to the sea due to fishing being their only livelihood. We then provided 10 sewing machines in 2015 to bring some widows and marginal families further away from the coastline.
In 2016/ 17, we ran out of resources for Tacloban and rechannelled the balanced fund to support 40 victims of family sexual abuse in Manila. The crisis children program adopts victims as young as 3 years old. They are now housed in the Hope Manila Center, where we provide them with education and stationery for the start of a new life.
INDONESIA – LOMBOK EARTHQUAKE
Multiple earthquakes (M6.3-7.0) struck Lombok in Jul-Aug 18, devastated 81,022 houses, killing more than 600 people and injured about 8,000 people.
By early Sep, 2,600 blankets, 260kg of tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulin were distributed in 2 missions. Vicious Malaria, Dengue and cholera outbreak intensified by mid Sep.
What we brought was only a drop in the ocean. Semalun alone (one of the 3 affected regions) has 8 villages, a population of 8,426 of which 4,116 were children and 1,214 were old folks. There were not enough tarpaulin and villagers used trash bags as supplementary materials for tents. Even if the shabby tents can survive the harsh weather, children are not likely to get through the windy cold rainy season without blankets in these high elevation villages.
In Oct, we organized another mission with 2,800 blankets to meet the shortfalls in Semalun. Unfortunately, our team leader was down with cholera on the first day. By the second day, most of the team members were having diarrheal. Despite the challenges, we completed the distribution.
We planned to distribute stationeries, uniforms etc for 200 students but unfortunately the schools were badly devastated and students can only go back to schools hopefully by Feb 18.