Heroes Among Us: Rescuing kids from a life of darkness

Ms Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to underprivileged children in Batam.
Ms Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to underprivileged children in Batam.PHOTO: SAMUEL RUBY RIANTO
Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to other underprivileged children in Batam.
Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to other underprivileged children in Batam.PHOTO: SAMUEL RUBY RIANTO
Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to other underprivileged children in Batam.
Elizabeth Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered a baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to other underprivileged children in Batam.PHOTO: SAMUEL RUBY RIANTO

SINGAPORE - When Ms Elizabeth Phua was volunteering at an orphanage in Batam in 2015, she was concerned about the challenges the children would face in finding a job after leaving the orphanage.

Two months later, the mother of two started Rainbow Connection to transfer skills like baking and effective communication to the children who are orphans or from single-parent households.

With the help of a professional baker, Ms Phua, 51, started a baking programme. In August that year, she secured internships at Holiday Inn Resort Batam. 

Since then, Ms Phua and her team of 25 volunteers have offered the baking programme, a Zumba class and music lessons to other underprivileged children in Batam.

 

“Today, we are able to connect these children who have left the orphanage to the right people in terms of jobs,” said Ms Phua, who now works as a freelance decoupage artist. 

Ms Phua and her team at Rainbow Connection are featured in the eighth episode of our Heroes Among Us video series.

Correction note: The story has been edited for clarity.