The ECF Awards
The EtonHouse Community Fund is committed to helping children from underprivileged backgrounds to change their lives through education.
Last week, ECF was honoured to receive a Certification of Appreciation from President Halimah Yacob for its efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This award strengthens our belief in giving back to the society! EtonHouse Community Fund will not rest and will continue its efforts to help children, especially those who are from low-income families.
EtonHouse International Group was founded in 1995 with more than 100 international schools and pre-schools in 12 countries around the world. Together these schools provide high quality international education to over 12,000 children globally and 61 different nationalities in Singapore alone.
When EtonHouse celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015, it founded the EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) in the spirit of giving back to society. The Fund is committed to helping children from underprivileged backgrounds to improve their lives through education.
Said Founder Mrs Ng Gim Choo, “I have always believed that education and charity are two sides of the same coin. How can you build character without teaching generosity to help the less fortunate? So we launch the EtonHouse Community Fund to help children from underprivileged backgrounds to advance their education goals. Through the power of education, we hope to improve the lives of these children and their families.”
Glimpses of Past Initiatives
Child Development Account Top-Up Initiative
Recently, ECF partnered with the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) and the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) on a Child Development Account (CDA) top-up programme. ECF and CFS will contribute nearly S$1 million to top-up the CDA accounts of about 1,300 eligible pre-schoolers from 57 pre-schools over the next three years.
To mark the launch of the programme, Second Minister for Education, Dr Malikii Osman, Mrs Ng Gim Choo, Director of ECF and Director CFS visited E-Bridge Pre-School’s Punggol Large Childcare Centre on 8 October, 2020.
Published COVID-19 related e-books and offered help to underprivileged families
COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge that has affected many of us. ECF published three e-books—”A New Virus Has Arrived”, “The Language of Kindness” and “Contact Tracing Super Sleuths”—to answer children’s questions about COVID-19 through simple illustrations and to instil kindness in both children and adults. Shortly after “A New Virus Has Arrived” was published, Singapore Member of Parliament Ms Sun Xueling recorded a reading of the book on Facebook. She hoped that she could help children learn more about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy at the same time.
ECF also put together a home learning kit comprising fun experiences and resources for children who are quarantined. We also launched an online home learning programme to help parents engage their children meaningfully at home.
During the pandemic, our EtonHouse campuses in China also found meaningful ways to contribute. For example, EtonHouse Xi’an campuses donated money to the Wuhan Red Cross Society. EtonHouse Zhengzhou campus also delivered a cart full of organic vegetables to the local social welfare institute.
Charitable giving has always been a corporate culture valued by EtonHouse International Education Group. We strongly believe in giving back to society and hope to improve the lives of children and their families through the power of education.
At EtonHouse, we believe that education and charity are two sides of the same coin. When you teach generosity to help the less fortunate, you are building character too. And the charity story of EtonHouse Community Fund continues on!