Caritas Singapore’s latest members – Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) and Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres (IJHCC)

Caritas Singapore now has two new members – Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) and the Infant Jesus Homes & Children’s Centres (IJHCC).

Caritas introduced these two organisations during a special session on Dec 7.

ABLE’s mission is “to enable and empower the physically challenged to live a productive, meaningful and independent life and to be a full contributor to the community”.

Beneficiaries include all those who are born with, or acquired physical disabilities, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, language, as well as income and education level, in addition to their families and caregivers.

While the charity’s first project kicked off by partnering Handicaps Welfare Association in jointly operating the Centre for the Physically Challenged (see other story), ABLE has identified several areas of need and projects under consideration.

These include having a full-time team of professional caregivers that visit homes, formation of support groups for social, recreational and networking activities and providing transportation services.

An upcoming project includes a resource centre for the physically challenged where they can obtain information or legal aid, use befriending and counselling services, or find work opportunities.

ABLE chairman Raymundo Yu told CatholicNews the charity hopes to educate and encourage employers to hire those with physical disabilities.

ABLE’s funding will come from Caritas as well as from the community.

The other new Caritas member, IJHCC, previously known as Convent Orphanage and Home for Abandoned Babies, currently operates four centres.

Its mission is to be at the service of the poor in the vein of the Infant Jesus Sisters’ mission of sheltering children in need.

Programmes include residential and out-of-school-hours programmes for children; tuition and enrichment programmes, and help for children with learning difficulties.

There is also a community home for the elderly women who were brought up by the nuns since childhood.

IHJCC board chairman Ow Chee Kin said the organisation is developing a special village for the children, and would need support and guidance from other Caritas members.

Mr Ow said that joining Caritas is a win-win situation as IJHCC can work with other Caritas members to extend facilities or to offer its services.

By Darren Boon
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