Empowering Our Next Generation
14 November 2023

“Teach them well and let them lead the way.”

These are the opening lyrics to Whitney Houston’s song Greatest Love of All There is a universally agreed upon truth in these words; the idea that investing in education for our children today is an investment in our collective future. It is our duty to equip our young ones with the necessary skills and know-hows they need to navigate an increasingly dynamic world.

But here is the reality: Even though education is and should be a fundamental right of every child, not every kid will be endowed the same opportunities to learn. Children from low income backgrounds, who lack parental guidance or those impacted by their health conditions face significant barriers to the same learning experiences as their privileged peers.

Here is where EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) comes in. 

Established in 2015, ECF is dedicated to bridging the gap for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds by raising funds for various initiatives. Since its inception, they have invested over $3 million in educational programmes and bursaries, bringing positive changes to the lives of over 16,000 children and youth.

Curious about what they do? Here are some programmes that the charity helm. 

Source: ECF

1. For the young ones: Play Library

Designed for disadvantaged children 18 months to 6 years of age, Play Library is a conducive space set up at the Henderson WeLL Centre to foster a love for learning using a wide range of educational toys, books and games.

The programme promotes children’s engagement with the English language and nurtures bonds between parents and children through interactive play, a known way to develop physical, cognitive and emotional dexterity and strength. Volunteer teachers from EtonHouse’s Teacher Everywhere™ programme are also roped in to facilitate interpersonal interaction with them.

2. For children with health conditions: Care for Diabetic Children

Given the right support, children with diabetes can live as much a fulfilling life as other children. In collaboration with the KKH Health Fund, this programme provides all-round care to under-resourced families with diabetic children, enabling them to lead enriching lives through support communities, funding, technology, education and outreach.

3. For marginalised youths: ECF Study Sponsorship

Together with the Ministry of Social and Family Development, the ECF Study Sponsorship enables youths to continue their studies at the tertiary level. Having access to higher education is a key stepping stone to broadening and deepening youths’ ambitions and confidence for their futures.

Beyond gaining marketable skills and knowledge for employment, tertiary education connects students with the industry and allows them to expand their network of mentors, educators and peers which will be key to their social mobility.

4. For parents and teachers: Respectful Parenting

Parents play an essential role in the upbringing of their children. The ECF understands that not every parent has the same resources to support their development, which is why they advocate for Respectful Parenting strategies through workshops for parents, in hopes of transforming the way they interact with their children.

At every level, ECF strives to support our young ones to empower them to be the leaders of the next generation. 

This festive season, Marina One will be contributing to the cause through our Gifts of Love campaign! In collaboration with ECF, we are organising a donation drive for you to contribute new, unopened gifts, as well as unused wrapping paper and ribbons. Your Gifts of Love will be redistributed to disadvantaged children and make them feel seen and cared for. Join us and put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season!  

Source: ECF

If you would like to show your support for ECF’s cause directly, you may head over to: https://bit.ly/ECFDONATE