Highlights Of 2016
The year 2016 has been a fulfilling year for Jamiyah Singapore. We would like to thank you, our donors, supporters and volunteers, for the relentless support as we continue to surge ahead and extend our hands further in reaching out to the community in need.
Here’s the top 5 list of our 2016 highlights:
1. Amidst the current unrest in other parts of the world, Jamiyah Singapore organised a list of programmes that encouraged the understanding of different races and religion.
In January, a seminar and dialogue on ‘Religion and Peace’ was organised by Jamiyah, together with the participation of various religious organisation such as Singapore SOKA Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and Hindu Endowments Board. Also present at the event were prominent speakers including Dr Shon Hopkin, Asst. Professor of Religious Education from Brigham Young University, USA and Ms Amy Yom from South Korea’s Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).
Following that in July, children from several preschools and child care centres in Singapore participated in ‘Peace is Sweet’, an initiative organised by the Muslim Youth Ambassador of Peace (MYAP). The children gave away packets of sweets with peace messages to passersby at MRT stations, in conjunction with Racial Harmony Day – a celebration that unites Singaporeans of all races and religion.
October saw an international collaboration when Jamiyah Singapore together with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) organised a two-day International Conference on Religion and Peace. Delegates from all across South East Asia, the Pacific and Balkan were present to share their experiences in forging peace and goodwill among all faiths in their respective countries.
2. Several programmes that focused on the development of the community were launched. In encouraging family unity, the Community Outreach Development Department spearheaded the Empowering and Caring for the Family programme for Jamiyah Singapore’s beneficiaries in February. The 5 session programme educates the less privileged families to look beyond and work towards improving their lives. This is the first part to many more related programmes to come.
The Department also launched a Foodbank that stores and distributes donated food items in late April. With the frequent food ration distribution, the Foodbank provides a new storage system that ensures more food items are stored to be given to the less privileged, and also a smoother transition of the distribution.
In March, the Women & Family Department launched Diva Wellness Connect, a network that gathers women from all walks of life, to contribute to one mission – their personal wellbeing. DWC offers courses and participation to beauty classes, physical and mental health, career, fashion and many more.
March also saw the launch of Jamiyah Children’s Home, Centre of Excellence (COE) – a programme meant to discover and nurture the talents and skills of the children through the various Academy that includes soccer and batik painting. It also hopes to instill discipline and enable the children to learn the value of teamwork.
3. For the first time ever, Jamiyah Singapore produced a theatre production entitled, ‘Keramat Bernisan Tiga Suku’ – a didactic comedy play that emphasized on values and ethics, starring local veteran comedian, Mr Hussain Saaban and his team.
Held at Kallang Theatre, the play showcased the many unimaginable reasons people visit the cemetery such as a location for a date, for filming purposes and even playing prank on others.
4. Jamiyah Nursing Home launched three new programmes: the Dementia Ward, the Integrated Home and Day Care (IHDC) and Community Befriending Programme (CBP). Each caters uniquely to the patients in meeting their needs, with constant monitoring and evaluation of their progress by the qualified nurses. This is an example of how Jamiyah anticipates and fulfills the changing needs of the community.
5. Jamiyah Singapore and a welfare organisation from Terengganu, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Malaysia (PEYATIM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October. The MOU was meant to lay the foundation for broader, joint programmes that would improve efficiencies through leveraging on the available resources and capabilities within each organisation. It will also focus on programmes and services that are directed at building capabilities of both organisations, encompassing study visits, talks, workshops and seminars.
An area of niche is the training of nurses and improving the standards of counseling services provided at various Jamiyah Homes.
2017 promises many exciting opportunities, especially with the 85th year Anniversary coming up!
May memories be made, dreams be achieved and friendships be strengthened this new year.