Care Corner Singapore celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone in a meaningful way, we are raising funds for five special causes close to our hearts. Join us in ‘40 Days of Care’ from 2 Aug to 10 Sep 2021. Let’s come together to forge new beginnings, give hope and bring care to our beneficiaries in a tangible manner.
About the CauseGoal: Provide children from low-income families with new spectacles
Childhood myopia is common and worsens through childhood. Children from low-income families are unable to afford a pair of spectacles or settle for poorly made ones with outdated degrees that are unsuitable for their progressive myopia. At school, these children cope with blurred vision and struggle to see the whiteboards and screens clearly. This results in academic stress, poor self-esteem and a higher risk of other eye diseases. All it takes to change their life’s trajectory is the right pair of spectacles.
Amelia (12) was referred to our Family and Community Services for various behavioural issues. She once stole a pair of spectacles from her classmate.
Confiding in a social worker, Amelia shared that she did it because she desperately needed a new pair. The spectacles she had were old, cracked and the degree was too low for her to see the class whiteboard clearly. After her parents’ incarceration, she was placed with her relatives who were already struggling to feed their growing family. Fearful of burdening her relatives and ashamed to tell her teachers, Amelia kept the secret to herself.
We applied for financial aid on her behalf and soon she was able to make a new pair of spectacles with improved features. It made such a difference to her.
Amelia is not alone. There are many children like her whose families cannot afford this simple necessity. We can help provide a clearer vision. One child at a time, one pair of spectacles at a time.
*Not her real nameDonations received from 2 August 2021 to 10 September 2021 will be eligible for matching fund by Tote Board, subject to approval. Any unused funds will be going to Care Corner Singapore's children reserve for other needs of the children from disadvantaged backgrounds.