21 April 2020 – Press Release
New Citizens and Immigrants and private sector step forward for Singapore’s vulnerable children and youths during Covid-19 Circuit Breaker
Singapore’s community of new citizens and immigrants and various organisations have quickly and generously stepped forward to support programmes for vulnerable children and youth during this Covid-19 Circuit Breaker period.
Within the first two weeks of Circuit Breaker, organisations such as the Jiangsu Association and Sea Ltd have made donations to support the recent #Engage initiative by TRCL which seeks to keep vulnerable students engaged through online arts and lifestyle programmes.
Set up in 2016 by new immigrants from China’s Jiangsu province, the Jiangsu Association (Singapore)’s key focuses include that of contributing back to Singapore society, in addition to fostering closer ties between Jiangsu and Singapore through cultural, business and education exchange programmes.
“The Covid-19 virus has caused unprecedented difficulty and disruption to Singaporeans’ lives. Being part of the Singaporean community, the Jiangsu Association (Singapore) executive committee and association members have similarly been affected. Yet as an association of first-generation immigrants, the Jiangsu Association (Singapore) wishes to play an active role in supporting our new home. In a recent exchange I had with Minister of Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung, the need to aid vulnerable children and youth whose education has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 situation was raised. As giving back to society is one of our association’s four founding objects – we are hence delighted to have the opportunity to support The RICE Company Ltd’s #Engage initiative, and aid underprivileged children and youth with their meals, study materials, art subjects, and so on during these difficult times.”
– President of Jiangsu Association (Singapore), Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng