Success stories from our EduGrow for Brighter Tomorrows programme.
Gemma - Opening up
- Despite her challenging family circumstances, Gemma (not her real name) always puts on a smile on her face to mask the pain.
- After months of mentoring, Gemma broke down one day and opened up to her mentor, seeking advice on her family and studies.
- Gemma’s mentor guided her in her thought and emotional process, and encouraged her to take ownership of her situation and make the best of it.
- Gemma is now able to enjoy peace of mind, knowing she made well-considered and thoughtful decisions for both herself and her family.
Pearl - Confident Leader
- As one of the oldest in the EduGrow programme since she joined in 2016, Pearl is always ready to take on any responsibility given to her.
- As she entered Secondary 1 this year, Pearl’s increase in self-confidence was evident as she began volunteering for more leadership roles, taking on bigger risks, and summoning the courage to participate in competitions.
- Pearl’s mentor has also been helping her discover more about herself as she navigates her transition from child to teenager. More than before, Pearl is focused, determined, and confident of achieving success in everything she does.
Success stories from our Friends of Children programme.
Henry - Pressing Forward with Courage
- At the age of 10, Henry was introduced to the Friends of Children (FOC) programme.
- After his father’s incarceration, Henry’s mother became the sole breadwinner for him and 3 of his siblings. As such, his mother does not have sufficient time for her children and they are often left unsupervised.
- The lack of active parental figure in Henry’s life caused him to develop low self-esteem and low self-confidence. As such, Henry began looking to social media and friends for validation.
- Recognizing the needs of Henry, his caseworker introduced a volunteer befriender who can be a positive adult figure to provide proper guidance for him.
- Thanks to the FOC programme which provide regular home visits and value based activities, together with the partnership of his volunteer befriender, Henry is beginning to take small steps out of his comfort zone. Just last year, Henry took part in LCSS annual Christmas performance competition and sang before a large crowd. Although he did not win in the competition, his courage is worthy to be praise as he puts himself out there to conquer his low self-esteem and low self-confidence. It brought such great encouragement to both his caseworker and volunteer befriender as well.
- It is still a journey for Henry before he can shake off his negativity in him. But we believe with constant encouragement and support, he will be able to walk in confidence again.
Abby, Bert & Carl - Overcoming Abuse
- The father of Abby, Bert and Carl was incarcerated due to drug abuse and rape. Their mother lost her job due to long medical leave.
- 17 year-old Abby suffers emotional disturbance due to her father's offenses on her. 14 year-old Bert displays symptoms of violence. 8 year-old Carl has no birth certificate nor a pre-school education.
- FOC staff helped the children obtain financial and academic assistance, as well as counselling to come to terms with their father's abuse.
- A befriender helped Carl catch up on basic Math and English, enabling him to be enrolled into a primary school.
Ali - Leaping Forward
- Ali is a 11 year- old boy with poor academic results. His father is incarcerated for theft related offences. He stays with his mother and 3 older siblings. The primary caregiver works 12 hours shift work job to make ends meet at home.
- LCSS staff visited him regularly to provide psychological / emotional support & running of Guidance Programme to instill values such as love, peace & patience. He and his sister were assigned a couple as their befrienders, who acted as mentors to the children and provided them academic support for one year.
- As a result, Ali developed more interest in his studies. He used to fail all subjects from P1 to P3, but he eventually passed all subjects for his P4 year-end exam. He did especially well for Science, improving his score from 33 to 83 points.
- Another benefit Ali receives from the FOC programme - he gets to experience interesting outings, such as taking the yacht trip sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. It is something he would otherwise never get to experience due to his family's low-income background.
Success stories from our Friends of Youth programme.
Sally - Dreams Realized
- Sally is a 16 years old girl and is taking her N’ level exams this year. She desires to enrol into a culinary course at ITE to learn cooking and harbour hopes of opening a restaurant one day.
- This first step in realising her dreams would not be possible if not for the perseverance and belief of Sally’s caseworker. Sally is a shy and introverted girl and her childhood was marred by the fact that her father has been incarcerated several times. This resulted in a lack of father’s love when she is growing up.
- Sally has an older sister, Alice, is 17 years old and is often favoured by her mother because of her achievements and charismatic personality. Alice is a prefect in school and is often polite to people around her. On top of that, she is able to articulate her thoughts well during her conversation with others. Sally pales in comparison.
- Sally felt that nobody cares about her or her future. Her grades were in turn affected and she has failed most of her subjects. Despite this, Sally mother’s thoughts are all focused on grooming Alice and did not even bother to seek help for Sally’s studies.
- The first few times Sally’s caseworker visited her, Sally would either hide underneath her bed or at the kitchen. Despite a lack of rapport and engagement with Sally for the first few session, her caseworker persisted in engaging with her through her interest in cooking and kept encouraging Sally to pursue her dreams. Sally’s caseworker has also provided advice to Sally on how she can work on improving her relationship with her mother.
- Sally started to enjoy the visitations and no longer avoids her caseworker whenever her caseworker visits.
- Sally has started receiving academic support and within 2 months, Sally has make leaps and bounds improvement in her grades especially mathematics which she passed and obtained 51 marks from the previously 9 marks.
- The best news Sally has received this year was securing a place at ITE College West to study Asian Culinary which would enable her to take that first step in pursuing her career in culinary arts.
Kenny - Commitment Pays off
- Born into a family of six siblings with an abusive, drug-laden father, Kenny was put in a more than unfavourable position to do well in his studies. His failing grades in the report card was telling.
- Last year, the family situation took a turn for the worse. His father started consuming drugs and even had drugs in the house. He was also physically abusive towards Kenny’s mother. Kenny bored witness to this and would have intervened if his mother had not stopped him. He also found out that his father was having an affair. Considering the situation, the emotional stress that a person has to deal with would be huge, what more for 12-year old Kenny who at the same time had to face the pressure of taking his PSLE like all other Primary Six children. All things looked bleak.
- Thanks to the Friends of Youth programme, Kenny received timely help to overcome the situation. He attended the weekly tuition classes at Life Community’s activity centre at Kallang Leisure Park together with other Primary Six children.
- In addition, he also took part in the Character Development workshops under the Friends of Youth Growth programme. His caseworker met him regularly and motivated him to give his best for his studies. All these helped to strengthen his confidence and built character in him.
- These interventions helped paved the way for him to improve and do well. His unwavering commitment and hard work paid off! He managed to pass all his subjects with an aggregate score of 152. It was good enough for Kenny who did much better than what he had expected. He was overjoyed when he got his results.
- He expressed his gratitude to Life Community. At the annual Christmas Party, he also won an award to affirm his transformation.
Ali - Stepping Out Of The Shadows
- Ali was always overshadowed by his more outspoken sister. He also struggled with his studies and was doing badly, especially in Math.
- With encouragement from staff, he has become more sociable and confident in interacting with staff.
- Through the ICU program, he managed to pass his Math CA exam and it motivated him to try harder for all his exams subjects.
- He is now hoping to pass his PSLE exams.
Aileen - Emergence of Confidence
- Aileen was alone reserved and shy. She was a timid child who did not dare to try new things. She often cried when she did not get her way.
- She has grown in her confidence and emotional competency.
- She is able to interact comfortably with others and even be proactive towards approaching others.
- She has learnt to articulate her want properly and respond appropriately.
- She has also demonstrated by guiding the younger members in her school CCAs, Netball & Tchoukball.
Henry - Singing To Victory
- Henry was raised by his grandmother. He was often aggressive towards his grandmother as he was angry, frustrated and lonely.
- He realized his singing talent through our talent contest. He started to look for opportunity to develop his talent further.
- He participated in a national singing competition and got to sing at the National Day Parade.
- To he was offered a scholarship at a local art school.
- As a result, he has significantly improved in his behaviour towards his grandmother.
Jenny - Winning Performance
- Jenny used to cry & throw a tantrum when her sleep was disrupted. She was very self-conscious as well and scared of doing a lot of new things.
- She displayed courage at a performance for Yellow Ribbon Gala Dinner in 2010. She fell during the performance. Yet she wasn’t consumed by embarrassment or give up performing. With the support of a fellow performer, she stood up and continued the performance.
- She paid it forward the following year, at another event when she displayed care towards a performer who is visually impaired.
- She managed to juggle between the performance practices and her PSLE that year.
Yakim - Emerging Leader
- Yakim has spent many years without his father. He has had to help with the family financially and be independent to ease his mother’s burdens.
- Yakim has been actively joining us for different activities. Through the interaction with him, I have seen him help to take up the role as a leader.
- He communicates well and works closely with his peers.
- Through the recent involvement with YBIG, he showed great motivation in improving his singing.
Phoebe - Consistent Leader
- Phoebe was raised her by mother most of her life. She had to take care of herself and her younger brother alone as their mum went out to work.
- Without tuition and her family difficulty, Phoebe was an outstanding student in secondary school.
- She did very well for N levels. She has completed her ITE course is Office Skills despite having some family problems.
- She has been a faithful and active member of the YBIG. Taking on a leadership role to coordinate meeting up with other youths.
Nisha - Victory Through Resilience
- Nisha’s father was incarcerated for 7 years. She had a poor relationship with her mum and the family struggled financially.
- She faced these ongoing family happening with a resilient attitude.
- Her relationship with her mother has improved. She regularly relates to her mother about her daily activities and seeks her advice on challenges that she faces in school.
- Without complaints, she assumed the role of a caregiver to her younger brother when her mother goes to work.
- She actively participates in all our outings and look forward to Staff’s visits.
Success stories from our Life Student Care programme.
Bryan - Lives touched by Love
- When Bryan Chua (real name) joined the centre, his LSC teachers realised that he required special attention for his academic work. They met up with Bryan’s school teacher to exchange information on how to help him, and let Bryan join the free tuition service by St Peters Church volunteers for low income families.
- The family also required financial assistance. The centre went the extra mile to help them apply for bursary, look for jobs and connected them with a Family Service Centre, on top of providing LCSS benevolent funding and extending their fee payment date.
- The centre built up a strong bond with Bryan’s family. When his mother had a surgical operation, the supervisor visited her with a gift of chicken essence. The family was very grateful. In return, the father did a voluntary painting job for the centre.
Sally - Screams to Smiles
- Sally has a very bad temper and would often throw long screaming tantrums to get her way. She is also not interested in her school-work and would stubbornly refuse to do her work during supervised study -time.
- Through months of patient and firm handling, the teachers built a rapport with her and managed to get her to be more cooperative. Her tantrums decreased in frequency and intensity, replaced by cheerful smiles which brighten up the centre.
- Sally also started to enjoy doing homework, now taking the initiative to ask her teachers for help. Her parents are so happy with the progress that they recommended the centre to their friends.
Chelsea - From Failing to Passing in School
- Chelsea had never attended pre-school before starting primary one. She was illiterate and struggled with her school work. For the first 4 years in school, she failed all her subjects.
- Through the patience and effort of her LSC teachers, Chelsea managed to pass her subjects in primary 5.
- In the following year, Chelsea topped her class in Math and came in overall second in class position. Her success was the joy and pride of her teachers.
John - Hyperactive Child Does Well
- John was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD). He liked to stand up and move about in class, and was easily distracted by things around him. As a result, he was not welcomed by his peers at the centre.
- Through months of patient, firm handling, counselling and affirming improvements, the teachers built a rapport with him. He started to respond better to their guidance. He could sit still to do his homework or to read an interesting story book. His peers were able to accept him better.
- His teachers continued to encourage him and help him with constant reminders. His parents were pleased with the effort of the LSC staff.
Mary - Tantrums to Positive Attitude
- When Mary first attended LSC, she was very quiet and introvert except when she was provoked by someone touching her belongings. If someone touches her things, she could scream up to an hour or more.
- After 6 months of counselling, the frequency of her screaming trantrums reduced. After more than a year, her screams were not heard anymore. She learnt to inform her teacher to get help, instead of throwing tantrums when someone touches her belongings.
- Mary has adopted a more positive attitude and it helped improved her behaviour. Her parents were very happy with the attitude improvement in their daughter.
Success stories from our MightyKids, Families and Community programme.
Simon - Heart of gratitude
- Simon's dad died when he was 16 years old. He also has slow development and became a victim of bullying.
- MKFC staff Uncle Wei was there to help him and guided him through processing his feelings for his deceased father.
- MKFC also attached a one-to-one tutor to him. As he was very weak in English, he scored 11 marks. But by the end of 2 years, there was a vast improvement from 11 to 40 marks.
- He is now a happy, healthy and confident man, pursing InfoComm at a local ITE.
Tom - Changed by commitment
- At the age of 10 years old, Tom was still unable to read basic words such as ‘chair, walk, how,’ etc. MightyKFC attached befrienders to personally tutor him and train him in phonics. After much patient perseverance, showering lots of praise for his efforts and affirmation to build his confidence, Tom began to show interest in learning. It was such a joy both for his family and for us when Tom passed his PSLE last year. Tom, himself, was jubilant that his hard work was rewarded. He is now more motivated to do well in secondary school. He has been appointed as a student councilor in his secondary school.
- Academic progress aside, Tom was also a challenge when it came to his unruly and naughty behaviour. He was often entangled in fights and squabbles. His time at our MightyKFC Activity Centre has taught him self-control and he has learned to respect and share with others. Tom has become a sensible and more teachable boy.
- After 3 years of patience and lovingly sowing, we are greatly encouraged to see positive character transformation in Tom.
Jerry - A helping hand to a disadvantaged child
Jerry came into our Activity Centre 4 years ago. He was hyperactive, had poor social skills and had a tendency to bully others to get what he wanted. He is learning to exercise self-control and anger management. In terms of academics, Jerry was really weak. Last year we placed him under LCSS’s “I Coach You” program to prepare him for his PSLE. There was much rejoicing among our staff and volunteers when Jerry passed his PSLE.Because of his weakness in his command of languages, Jerry faced difficulties in conveying his ideas across. The English tuition has built up his vocabulary and expression and Jerry is now more confident in engaging conversation. After PSLE, Jerry is enrolled into the Normal Academic stream. This is considered a remarkable achievement, especially for Foundation students. However, secondary school pose a greater challenge to him; having to cope with more subjects and heavy school assignments. We will continue to affirm him and nurture him within a loving and learning environment.
*Not his real name