07 Nov 2015

Indian Groups’ Contributions are Vital to Community Progress: Ms Indranee Rajah


Press Release
For Immediate Circulation


7 November 2015 – Indian community groups must rally together and increase their support for students and families, said Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minster of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Law.

Speaking at a ceremony hosted by SINDA to appreciate its donors and partners, Ms Indranee, also President of SINDA, shared: “Everyone in the community is contributing in their own way; but uplifting the community in terms of educational performance cannot only be the responsibility of parents and teachers; instead, it should be a collective goal of the community. ”

While acknowledging that the Indian community has made great strides and progresses, Ms Indranee urged community partners—who have great expertise, experience and resources across various sectors—to come together, collaborate with organisations such as SINDA, and contribute in various ways. She emphasised that while monetary contributions are vital, other forms of contributions such as volunteering time and expertise and mentoring students, are important forms of intangible support that will strongly affirm a community’s vision towards progress.

The ceremony saw some 30 organisations and individuals recognised by SINDA for their donations towards Project Give as well as for volunteering their time and efforts in distributing Festive Gift Packs to less-advantaged families during festive seasons. SINDA provides such Festive Gift Packs during Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas to low-income families and these typically contain $100 vouchers for food and groceries.

Lauded today was long-time donor and volunteer, Mr Naseer Ghani, President of the Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML). He shared that his organisation has been a staunch partner of SINDA, as the organisation has been at the forefront of supporting the educational and socio-economic needs of the Indian community. Mr Ghani urged Indians who have studied well and become successful adults, to remember the community that they are part of and contribute back in meaningful ways.

Also acknowledged today was Mr K Ramamoorthy, Chairman of Narpani Pearavai, the coordinating body for the Indian Activity Executive Committees (IAECs). Mr Ramamoorthy shared that Narpani has been a long time donor and partner in SINDA’s efforts towards maximising Indian students’ educational opportunities and developing youths. He stressed that youths are the future of Singapore and that all organisations should play an important role in motivating and supporting youths’ dreams and aspirations.

Project Give, launched in 2001 and into its 15th year, offers an opportunity for organisations and individuals to come together to ensure that no child’s education is compromised due to financial constraints. This year, SINDA hosted a booth each at the Deepavali Festive Village and the Deepavali Mall, to raise greater awareness of its programmes and services.

SINDA has raised $355,000 till date through Project Give. The fundraising campaign runs year-long and will end on 31 December 2015.



The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in August 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore.

SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community.

Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only effectively serves to uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promotes family harmony and uplifts the social status of ethnic Indians.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, is Chairman of SINDA’s Board of Trustees. Miss Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, is President of the Executive Committee.

For more information on SINDA, visit the website – www.sinda.org.sg


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