Aidha has touched so many lives since it was officially launched in 2006. With an enrollment of more than 600 students, Aidha aims to reach out to even more foreign domestic workers to help them reach their full potential.
Hear from one of Aidha’s volunteers, Laura, on how Aidha has made an impact on the lives of so many women.
“Aidha volunteers gathered on Wednesday, 24 September at the cool, very Swedish Fika Café and Bistro on Beach Road for its quarterly A-listers networking event. Over 45 attendees savoured the delicious spread of nibbles and Lingonberry drink.
CEO Karen Fernandez gave everyone an overview of Aidha’s strategic goals and direction for the year. Following this, Emmie Khoo, of Kadence International, outlined the Quarter 1 and 2 results of Aidha’s Impact Assessment Initiative.
The study revealed that 80 percent of Aidha students are saving money at a typically increasing rate every month, 80 percent have bought some form of productive investment back home and nearly all have regular access to ICT tools and internet. A mobile phone was the most commonly used method to access the internet. Students also reported higher rates of financial control and computer, business and personal confidence as they progressed through the program.
Students and alumni aren't just keeping the knowledge for themselves. Seventy percent of the students surveyed are sharing their learning with friends, family and employers and 25 percent are helping friends or family start a business.
“Isn’t it cool? Students who come from very little financially and achieve start giving back immediately,” said Fernandez. This shows how the students of Aidha are giving back to their community in return for all the help they received from their Aidha mentors.This is the result of the commitment and work of the many mentors and volunteers who selflessly share their precious Sundays and knowledge with Aidha students.
Volunteers and mentors are truly making a difference in the lives of so many!”
by Laura Dobberstein