$10m fund to offer targeted support for the disadvantaged

President Halimah Yacob launched this year's President's Challenge at Downtown East on Sunday, along with a $10 million fund to help low-income individuals improve their employability.
President Halimah Yacob launched this year's President's Challenge at Downtown East on Sunday, along with a $10 million fund to help low-income individuals improve their employability.ST PHOTO: SAMANTHA BOH

A $10 million kitty has been set up to help give disadvantaged individuals a leg up by providing them with customised support.

The new Empowering for Life Fund launched by President Halimah Yacob yesterday aims to help the less fortunate beyond generic schemes and programmes.

The money will be set aside from the President's Challenge - an annual community outreach and fund-raising campaign.

As a start, the fund will be used to help low-income families acquire new skills for new jobs or new roles.

Under the Lift-Up Pathfinder programme, the families will get to attend fully funded customised training courses, which will help them improve their abilities in areas such as language and IT, over a four-to six-month period.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2018, with the headline '$10m fund to offer targeted support for the disadvantaged'. Print Edition | Subscribe