I am humbled, honoured and privileged to assume the role of President of EWRF (2018-2020). Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous and commendable initiatives that were undertaken by the previous crop of leaders and the members of the Executive Committee.
I strongly believe that the success of EWRF has been propelled collectively by the participating community, the donors inclusive of individuals, the Government, Foundations, companies who rendered cash and kind and the numerous members and volunteers who are passionate, hardworking, driven people, people who are motivated to better the lives of others. I sincerely thank you all for being part of the journey in making a difference to the lives of our community.
As we move forward in 2019 and beyond, I am confident that we will be steadfast in addressing the pressing challenges in the implementation of core projects and various programmes designed to benefit the community at large and to strive for holistic community development.
An area of interest this year would be on EWRF’s Skills Training Initiative (STI), focussing on recruiting more B40 Indian students for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programs, namely at the Industrial Training Institutes (ILP).
As always, EWRF’s two significant flagship projects namely the E4J (English for Juniors) and CSI (Civil Society Intervention), will continue to transform the lives of children and teenagers. E4J, a 20-week programme which aims to enhance English language proficiency and to build self-esteem of children in Tamil medium primary schools will have significant improvements made to it’s modules & delivery mechanisms. As for CSI, a Teen Youth Empowerment and Mentoring Program, will also see improvements to keep in line with current challenges with guidance from subject matter experts especially the police, cultural experts, consultants from various other NGO’s and counsellors.
We hope to achieve our goals and in ensuring the continuation of the ongoing projects, we in EWRF count on you for your unwavering support either as a funder or volunteer to bring about positive changes to the community. Let’s join hands to help in “MOVING THE COMMUNITY FORWARD” either in the form of donations or volunteering your services to make greater change possible. With that note, my sincere best wishes to all of you community movers in your noble efforts to uplift our community and may 2019, be yet a great year.