Milk and Diapers
Milk and Diapers for Needy Families
Zendesk, a multi-national tech company providing customer service solutions, took over the funding of this successful pilot from April 2015.
Parents of poor and needy families struggle to work, take care of their children and provide for their basic needs. Some of these families receive regular food rations for daily sustenance and can scarcely afford diapers and milk powder for their children. Many such mothers are malnourished themselves or are medically unwell, and so are unable to breastfeed their children.
Pilotting the Programme (March 2014- March 2015)
A pilot programme ran from March 2014 – March 2015 in which EDIS Cares provided Care Corner Family Service Centre (Queenstown) a monthly donation of milk powder and diapers for the neediest families in the community served by the Centre. These donations were provided to each family for 3-6 months, with extensions approved on a case by case basis for up to a maximum of 12 months total support.
Care Corner FSC (Queenstown) set-up detailed processes for social workers to nominate needy families, keep track of duration of support and formally extend support for families that needed it.
Each month, our donations benefitted about 60 children – they were aged 3 and below, or were older than 3 but suffer from chronic diseases like cerebral palsy. A volunteer-based, multi-module nutritional education programme was also developed in partnership with A*STAR’s Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences to educate the families on how they could feed themselves and their children healthily, even on a limited budget.
The Milk and Diapers pilot successfully ran for one year from March 2014 – March 2015, and was transitioned to another corporate sponsor, Zendesk.
Care Corner Family Service Centre (Queenstown) hosts and runs Milk and Diapers.