The EtonHouse Community Fund
The EtonHouse Community Fund
20 November 2020 is World Children’s Day, the most influential Children’s Day in the world launched by UNICEF. Through a series of events and initiatives, UNICEF calls on the world to listen to the voices of children and care about their rights, especially those from underprivileged families.
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.
Over the years, ECF has piloted numerous initiatives to empower more than 6,000 children and youth. ECF also received the Community Cares Awards from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) of Singapore for its initiatives in 2019. These would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of volunteers who contributed so selflessly.
Mr. Chew Hock Yong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) presenting the Community Cares Award to Mrs. Ng Gim Choo, Director of EtonHouse Community Fund and Founder of EtonHouse Group.
On 6 November 2020 during EtonHouse International Education Group’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, ECF honoured its rock-star volunteers with the inaugural ECF Awards to thank them for their continued care, support and dedication to children and youths. At the same time, we hope they will continue to inspire more people to contribute more to the cause and to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Clockwise from top-left: Award recipients Amanda Cho, Bipasha Minocha, Josephyne Ho and Ng Yi Xian.
Glimpses of Past Initiatives
01 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.
02 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.
EtonHouse China Campus Charity Initiatives
EtonHouse campuses from China have also been actively involved in charity work to contribute and show their love to those who are from underprivileged families.
On 23 September 2020, EtonHouse Zhengzhou campus and the Third Branch of Henan Province held the fifth charity activity, ‘The Loving Road with EtonHouse’ together. We donated lots of study materials and books to students in areas with poverty so that they can read more books and enjoy reading!
In early 2020, EtonHouse Suzhou campus learnt about a child who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The family could not afford the medical fees as the father is the sole breadwinner and earns only 4,000 RMB each month. After discussion, the school decided to donate the money that they raised from a charity sale to help the child. They donated 1,5000 RMB to the “Suiyuan children’s health charity fund”, and the remainder was used to buy care items for the family.
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!