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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Ain Society

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Ain Society was first formed when a group of activists from Woodlands wanted the community spiritedness and sense of voluntarism be harnessed and channelled in a platform that is more coordinated and systematic. Since its inception on October 2000, Ain Society gained from strength to strength and was known of its ability to mobilise layman to attend social and educational programme.

What programmes is available in Ain Society?
(1) Preventive Programmes which offers a range of developmental programmes that are preventive in nature, targeted at main stream youths aged 10- 18 years old.

(2) Remedial Programmes in which BBE Gen - Y Youth Hub caters to help the out-of-school youths and youth at high risks to be reinstated into schools while equipping them with social skills, vocational training and IT skills. Recreation and the arts, creative and performing arts such as graffiti, mural painting, music, dance and drama will also be offered to provide a balance in their lives. Job opportunities will be created for youths who are not eligible to be reinstated into schools. Ain Society also established a partnership with the Community Leaders Forum with Mendaki as its Secretariat, to run its Max Out Programme. To date more than 240 out-of-school youths were registered for the programme.

(3) Rehabilitative Programmes: Since 2003, Ain Society has been engaged by the Probation Services Branch of MCYS to conduct its mandatory programmes for probationers and their parents.  More than 300 probationers and their parents have benefited from the programmes.

What are the different preventive programmes that Ain Society offers?
(1) Cool Teens & Cool Parents
This is a holistic programme developed by Ain Society to bridge relationship between parents and their teenagers.  Through group work sessions, the families were given opportunities to create a common value and belief system.  While teens need more appreciation and understanding of their needs and challenges, parents need the support and reinforcement from fellow parents to continue their roles as responsible and effective parents.  The programme was supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and implemented at mosques, schools and grassroots organisations.  More than 500 youths and their parents benefited from this programme.

 (2) Kem Perkasa Programme
Kem Perkasa is one of Ain Society's signature programmes.  Since 2005, we have organized 14 camps during the school holidays, with at least 60 youths participating in each camp.  As such, more than 840 youths have benefited from this programme, which aims to enhance their life skills, self-confidence and self-esteem through fun-filled activities.  Participants of the camps who display potential leadership qualities are chosen to be groomed as our youth leaders, who are then given lots of opportunities to be involved in our future activities.  Thus, Kem Perkasa is also a platform for us to identify new youth leaders with fresh energy and ideas in making our programmes more interesting, attractive and beneficial for other youths.

  (3)Youth Carnivals & Performing Arts
Since the setting up of its youth development centre, BBE Gen-Y Youth Hub, Ain Society has organized more than three youth and family carnivals.  These are one-off events which created platforms to showcase our youths' talents, encourage community involvement and contributions and profile young role models by inviting young celebrities to be involved in the programmes.
Performing arts concerts and performances were held at various functions and occasions island wide, by our youths who have talents and are trained in performing arts, such as drama road shows and playing the Kolintang musical instruments.  Energetic and full of enthusiasm, our youths are constantly seeking for opportunities to showcase their multifarious talents as they strive to work towards a better future. More than 2,000 youths participated in these carnivals and performances

Why is Ain Society placing emphasis on building the fullest potential of teenagers?
We started off doing youth programmes at schools and community centres. As we progress, we found that there are many youths who need help and further assistance. Thus, the CEO of Ain Society decided to create a place for the youths to go to. The centre, BBE Gen Y at Bukit Batok was set up to create a place for the youths to enhance their life skills.

What are the objectives of initiating the Malay Cancer Support Group?
Ain Society aims to be one of the leading not-for-profit organizations to empower specifically the Malay cancer survivors. The Malay Cancer Patient Support Group is hoped to be set up with the purpose of empowering patients to be self-resilient by providing them with emotional, financial and spiritual skills and knowledge development support through specially-designed activities. We also hope to help address the various concerns these cancer patients and their family members might have, and provide an avenue for them to share their experiences through counselling and sharing sessions.

- The main objectives of initiating the Malay Cancer Patient Support Group are as follows:
   (a)  To provide social support so that they can empower themselves through skills and knowledge development, hence building self-reliance.

  (b)  To provide emotional support to ensure that they are living to their fullest potential

  (c)  To provide financial assistance according to AIN's financial affordability.

  (d)  To provide spiritual support to the cancer survivors and give them new directions in life

What is EPS?
The Empowerment Partnership Scheme (EPS) is a holistic help package provided by the Islamic Council of Singapore (MUIS) for poor and needy families covering economic, social and religious empowerment programmes.  Each family is entrusted by MUIS to a service provider, often a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO), to customize programmes for each family member and managed by an assigned family counsellor cum case manager.  The scheme is targeted at families facing multiple challenges.

Since 2004, Ain Society has been entrusted to be one of the working partners of MUIS in providing programmes under its EPS Scheme. More than 100 families consisting of family members of 400 individuals have benefited from the various programmes conducted and organized by Ain Society that encompass social, economic and religious components.

The programme has effectively affect change. Equipped with the various knowledge and skills, clients were empowered to better manage their problems and have succeeded in addressing their financial difficulties with greater work opportunities.

What is the difference between EPS and Family Outreach (FO)?
EPS is a scheme under MUIS. It is also funded by MUIS. Our Family Outreach programme is for Ain Society own clients with income of less than $1500 in a family. An Example of a Family Outreach programme is "Project We Care" which is  an outreach programme rising from efforts made by the staff to reach out to the poor and needy families, who are not receiving any financial assistance from other agencies. Currently, school pocket money assistance is provided for these families by providing their school-going children with transport allowance and school basic needs. The financial assistance will be given for a period of 3 months, after which their cases will be reviewed. During this period, our staff will help to link them up to relevant bodies and agencies to help them improve their situations. To date, more than 50 families have benefited from this project.

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