Temasek Cares says it is on track to meeting its target of assisting 600 single parent families overcome financial hardship through Project SPARK (Successful Parents And Resilient Kids).
It has contributed S$600,000 to Project SPARK to help struggling single parents support their children and families after divorce or the loss of a parent.
Under the scheme, a case manager helps single parents to enrol in skills upgrading courses including IT knowledge and financial literacy. Project SPARK also defrays the cost of childcare while these parents are being trained or are seeking work.
An example is Mdm Oked Daud, who had been struggling to support her children through secondary school after her husband’s death in 2005. She was earning S$520 a month as a school canteen assistant before she found Project Spark. Her efforts at computer training and financial literacy have now found her work as an administrative assistant at a secondary school, earning her a bigger income.
Project SPARK hopes to increase the numbers being supported by its programme. For this initiative, Temasek Cares has partnered self help groups such as the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), Indian Development Association (SINDA), Yayasan MENDAKI and the Eurasian Association.