Grant Recipients

Morning Star Community Services Limited

A new community facility in Whampoa for families and youth in need

Morning Star’s mission is to enrich and strengthen family relationships in Singapore. Its programmes are focused on providing care services and support to families and youth who are facing financial or other difficulties. 

The Lew Foundation grant will be used to help cover the cost of first-year operations of a new centre in Whampoa — the first community facility of its kind in the neighbourhood. Open to all, especially those who are in need, the centre will provide enhanced care services, counselling, and parent education to families at low or no cost. Funding will go towards core expenses including renovations, staffing, rental, and utilities.

Singapore National Stroke Association (SNSA)

Inaugural caregiver workshop for staff, volunteers, and families caring for stroke survivors

Established in 1996, SNSA and its team of staff and volunteers offer dedicated services, support, information, and resources to stroke survivors and their caregivers. These include befriending and support groups, activities that facilitate post-stroke adjustment and care, and public education on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of strokes. 

The Lew Foundation grant will help to fund a new series of caregiver training courses for families of stroke survivors, volunteers, and staff. The modular course will train participants on critical areas such as proper care techniques for stroke survivors and key aspects of mental health for both patients and caregivers. Staff and volunteers that have gone through these trainings will help to provide the same training to other caregivers each year. This will enable the programme to scale and benefit more in the long term.

Society for the Aged Sick (SAS)

Project Makan Special Diet for underprivileged elderly residents

SAS is a not-for-profit nursing home that provides residential and respite care services to underprivileged elderly individuals who cannot care for themselves or be cared for at home. To extend and improve the quality of life for its residents, SAS offers medical and nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietary services, dental care, social services, and emotional support. 

Project Makan Special Diet is a new programme to introduce enhanced meal options for residents who have difficulties swallowing and require a modified diet of chopped, minced, or pureed food. Under this programme, residents on a modified diet will now get a chance to enjoy specially prepared hawker fare and local favourites at least once a month. In doing so, SAS hopes to enable more positive and inclusive mealtime experiences for all its residents. The Lew Foundation grant will help to cover the higher cost of special meals for 180+ residents for eight months.

Food from the Heart

Project Belanja!

Launched in January 2019, Project Belanja! is an initiative that provides warm, nourishing meals to individuals and families in need, who have been severely impacted by difficult circumstances. Available at Tampines, Toa Payoh, Kolam Ayer and Mountbatten, meals sponsored under Project Belanja! can be redeemed at participating food stalls through a mobile app.

The Lew Foundation grant will contribute to the opening of a new location at Kebun Bahru, which will support 50 beneficiaries with 15 meals a month per beneficiary, for 12 months.

NUHS Fund Limited

Support for kidney patients with financial difficulties

NUHS Fund Limited promotes medical research and supports financially disadvantaged patients with the costs of medical treatments and their recovery process. From 2018 to 2020, the Fund supported 350 applications from financially disadvantaged patients, who could not afford their interim dialysis treatment, with a total of $685,000. Every dollar donated goes entirely towards funding patients’ needs.

The Lew Foundation grant will finance the cost of interim dialysis for needy NUHS patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, while they await placement and access to subsidised dialysis programmes.

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

A new bursary fund for students requiring financial aid

As Singapore’s university of applied learning, SIT offers industry-focused degree programmes that integrate learning, industry and community. Many of its students are also polytechnic graduates and the first in their families to attend university, working their way towards better opportunities and a brighter future.

The Lew Foundation grant will be used to establish the Lew Foundation Bursary to support financially disadvantaged undergraduates from all fields of study. The bursary will cover all education expenses for bursary recipients, enabling them to complete their studies successfully.

Singapore Red Cross Society

A Welfare Services Fund for disabled individuals in need

The Singapore Red Cross, a homegrown humanitarian organisation provides a range of social services to more than 20,000 vulnerable individuals in Singapore.

The Lew Foundation grant will fund the establishment of a Welfare Services Fund for Red Cross Home for the Disabled, Singapore’s only residential home for severely disabled persons. This will provide healthcare and medical support for individuals who suffer from severe physical and intellectual disabilities, who are from low-income families or have no next of kin. The Fund will cover medical expenses such as the cost of essential medical supplies and equipment, transport, therapy, and psychosocial support for caregivers.

St. Andrew’s Autism Centre (SAAC)

Enhancing the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum

SAAC is a non-profit organisation that provides for the education, training and care of individuals with autism, and their families. Through its programmes and facilities, SAAC aims to improve the quality of life for its students and clients, enabling them to lead a life of dignity and independence.

The Lew Foundation grant will fund the upgrading of Daily Living Room (DLR) facilities at St. Andrew’s Autism School, and Day Activity Centres Sengkang and Siglap. DLRs are used to teach practical life skills, personal management, and safety skills necessary for individual or community life.