Dip in donations is compounded by increase in demand for funds for the needy

The drop in donations reported recently ("Some charities seeing dip in donations"; Nov 27) has been compounded by an increase in demand for funds for the needy.

The Maths Programme at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, for example, is designed for students with dyslexia with co-occurring difficulties in mathematics.

It provides bursaries for 193 students from lower-income families, or 65 per cent of our enrolled students.

Of these, 116 students attend the programme on full bursaries, as they are from families with the greatest financial needs.

Due to greater awareness of the importance of dyslexia intervention, the demand for this programme has been increasing.

Since 2013, the Dyslexia Association of Singapore has seen a 200 per cent increase in enrolment in the Maths Programme, with a total of 299 students enrolled today.

The positive growth in enrolment means more students with dyslexia are coming forward to receive help and support.

However, as the enrolment continues to increase, the need to provide more bursaries for students from lower-income families also increases correspondingly.

Lee Siang

Chief Executive Officer

Dyslexia Association of Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2016, with the headline 'Dip in donations is compounded by increase in demand for funds for the needy'. Print Edition | Subscribe