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Xiamen tops 2011 Lien Service-Oriented Government Index

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the Lien Service-Oriented Government Index placed Xiamen as the overall best Chinese city in terms of its service-oriented policies and efforts to improve citizens’ lives and businesses. Into its second year, the Index refined the inaugural Index, evaluating 32 major Chinese cities in their efforts to develop a service-oriented government in dimensions such as transparency, trust in government, and citizen and business participation in policy-making. The Index is a joint research project between NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, and the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Singapore:
The Business Times – 23 November 2011

China:
China Daily – 24 November 2011
Global Times – 24 November 2011
Shanghai Daily, Metro – 24 November 2011
Metro Shanghai – 24 November 2011
Oriental Outlook Special Feature – 24 November 2011
Chinanews.com – 23 November 2011
Sina.com.cn – 23 November 2011

The media list for the Index can be accessed here

National Strategy on Palliative Care

Catalysed by the Foundation’s Quality of Death findings, and a study on how to increase the quality of death in Singapore, the Lien Centre for Palliative Care has been commissioned by the Ministry of Health with formulating a report on the National Strategy for Palliative Care in consultation with the palliative care community.

•    The Straits Times – 11 November 2011
•    TODAY – 7 November 2011

Dying the “Good Death”

Dr Jeremy Lim and Dr Akhilesh wrote a joint commentary about societal, cultural and policy barriers towards dying well. One factor is the dearth of “die-logue”, a term popularised by the Lien Foundation. The Foundation contributed a commentary discussing about how fear about death has translated into unnecessary suffering and anxiety, and a regression in Ars Moriendi – the art of dying.

•    TODAY – 29 October 2011
•    The Straits Times – 15 October 2011

Leaving your legacy through emotional wills

Part of the Life Before Death initiative, the Lien Foundation introduced the idea of emotional wills where members of the public can document their innermost thoughts for their loved ones.

•    The Straits Times – 1 December 2011
•    NTUC Next – December 2011
•    NTUC Next – November 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 13 November 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 30 October 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 23 October 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 16 October 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 9 October 2011
•    NTUC Next – October 2011
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 1 October 2011

What doctors say

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, “What Doctors Say about Care of the Dying” is conducted by NUS’ Centre for Biomedical Ethics. The pioneering study surveyed 78 doctors from a wide range of practices in Singapore, revealing their concerns in the care of the dying and to surface their collective voice to advance practice in end-of-life care and stimulate public discourse to foster solutions.

•    The Straits Times – 28 September 2011
•    The Straits Times – 21 September 2011
•    TODAY – 9 September 2011
•    Channel NewsAsia – 9 September 2011
•    The Straits Times – 6 September 2011
•    938 Live – 6 September 2011
•    The Straits Times – 5 September 2011
•    TODAY – 5 September 2011
•    The Business Times – 5 September 2011
•    Channel NewsAsia – 5 September 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 5 September 2011
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 5 September 2011
•    Shin Min Daily – 5 September 2011
•    Yahoo News – 5 September 2011

Last outfits

In partnership with The Straits Times, the Foundation initiated “The Last Outfit”, a photo project showcasing 23 individuals in the clothes they wish to wear for their own funeral. Part of the Life Before Death initiative, the project’s unusual approach underlines a serious attempt to spur conversations about end-of-life matters.

•    Pallimed – September 2011
•    The Asian Age – 20 September 2011
•    News Today – 12 September 2011
•    The Indian Express –11 September 2011
•    Focus Magazine –6 September 2011
•    Osocio – 6 September 2011
•    Sin Chew Daily – 3 September 2011
•    Guang Ming Daily – 3 September 2011
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 3 September 2011
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 3 September 2011

Before we forget

Part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative, “Before We Forget” is a youth-led initiative by Hachisu to foster conversations about dementia. Through an hour-long documentary, the producers documented the story of two Singaporean families and their year-long journey with dementia.

•    My Paper – 16 September 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 3 September 2011

New Chairman for Fellowship Council

A new Chairman has been appointed to head the Lien Ying Chow Fellowship Council, a joint initiative between the Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University to groom leaders from Singapore and China.

•    TODAY – 13 September 2011
•    The Straits Times – 30 August 2011
•    TODAY – 30 August 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 30 August 2011

I’m Possible

Mission: I’mPossible, is the proactive programme to screen, diagnose and help preschoolers with mild developmental needs. Piloted by the Lien Foundation, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Department of Child Development and PAP Community Foundation, the project also highlights the role of Learning Support Educators in supporting preschool children in a mainstream setting.

•    The Straits Times – 3 October 2011
•    Good Morning Singapore – 7 September 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 29 August 11
•    Singapore’s Child – April 2011

Professionalising philanthropy

According to a recent UBS-INSEAD study on family philanthropy in Asia, Singapore leads in term of proportion of international donations and grants to existing organizations. The Lien Foundation is featured as a case study for its model of radical philanthropy.

Forbes China – November 2011
The CSR Digest – 8 November 2011
The Business Times – 25 August 2011
The Straits Times – 24 August 2011
TODAY – 3 September 2011
TODAY – 24 August 2011
Lianhe Zaobao – 24 August 2011
Channel NewsAsia – 23 August 2011

Till death do us part

Sheralyn Tay, who worked on the legacy albums as part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death campaign, reflected upon her experience with two families and the lessons that she has drawn.

TODAY – 10 July 2011

30 leaders suggest ways to improve end-of-life care

The Lien Foundation launches the first-ever study on how to increase the quality of death in Singapore. Interviewed by principal analyst, Mr. Koh Buck Song, Living with the End in Mind synthesized the perspectives and insights of 30 leaders from the medical, community and academic fields on improving end-of-life care in Singapore.

•    938 Live – 9 June 2011
•    The Straits Times – 3 June 2011
•    The Business Times – 3 June 2011
•    TODAY – 3 June 2011
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 3 June 2011
•    Capital 958 – 2 June 2011

Digital start for preschools

Following a successful experience with implementing mobile IT solutions for healthcare nonprofits, the Lien Foundation partnered the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) to transform 11 preschool centres through IT.

This iniative, IngoT Preschool, improves the preschools’ operational efficiency with its new childcare management, financial and donor management IT system. Each preschool teacher is equipped with an iPhone to record and manage student information and the children enjoy experiential learning with IT tools like the interactive whiteboard and touchscreen computers.

•    Mother & Baby – July 2011
•    My Paper – 23 May 2011
•    The Straits Times – 21 April 2011

Mayors’ Class commences in NTU

About 40 per cent of the new batch of NTU’s Mayors’ Class students are made of senior officials, almost twice the percentage of the previous batches and the highest percentage in the programme’s history. Students in the programme has in the previous cohorts participated actively in the Lien Challenge, a joint initiative between the Lien Foundation and NTU, to compete in coming up with the best solutions to deal with China’s water and sanitation issues.

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 13 March 2011

Lien Aid wins Chinese Philanthropy Award

Lien Aid, the international development body founded by Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), received the Global Charity award for NGOs from the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. The awards are presented to individuals, enterprises and organisations for their philanthropic efforts and contributions to Chinese society. Lien Aid is the only Singapore organization to be awarded for its efforts in bringing water and sanitation to China.

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 17 January 2011
•    The Sunday Times – 16 January 2011
•    Channel NewsAsia – 15 January 2011

Resident who participated in Happy Coffins passed away

Ms. Kitty Fogh, a well-loved resident of St. Joseph’s Home, has passed away at the age of 91. In September 2010, she participated in the design of her personalised happy coffin which is reminiscent of her colourful life, feisty character, and love for music.

•    The Straits Times – 11 February 2011
•    China Press – 10 January 2011
•    Guang Ming Daily – 10 January 2011
•    Shin Min Daily – 10 January 2011

Global Quality of Death Index continues to stir die-logues

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the inaugural global index ranked the provision of end-of-life care across 40 countries. Released in July2010, the Index continues to foster die-logues around the world.

•    The Straits Times – 1 December 2011
•    Toronto Sun – 19 February 2011
•    HealthMad – 20 January 2011
•    The Straits Times – 8 January 2011

 

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Living before Leaving

A joint effort between the Lien Foundation, Singapore Hospice Council and adamsapple, “Departure” is a photo diary project involving four professional photographers who captured the final journeys of eight hospice patients.

•    Yahoo – 29 November 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 28 November 2010
•    The Straits Times – 27 November 2010
•    The Business Times – 27 November 2010

The photo diary website can be accessed here

Before I Die

Shaking off the taboo of talking about death, Singapore celebrities Adrian Pang, Anita Kapoor and Pam Oei each reveal for the first time, their wish list of the things they want to do before they die. Their two-minute video is a curtain raiser to the launch of “Death Flicks”, an online filmic showcase of short films and clips on death and dying. Death Flicks is part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative.

•    Razor TV – 1 December 2010
•    Today – 17 November 2010
•    Shin Min Daily News – 16 Nov 2010
•    Yahoo! News Blog – 16 November 2010

Happy Coffins Celebrate Life

Happy Coffins is part of the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative to overturn the stigma of death, and transform the coffin from a symbol of fear, dread and grief into a positive and life-affirming expression of art.

Three elderly residents from a nursing home in Singapore had their coffins personalised and designed by professional designers commissioned by the Foundation. In addition, the Foundation invited artists and designers from different parts of the world to submit their “out-of-the-box” interpretations of what a Happy Coffin should be.

The Happy Coffins project has captured the imagination of prominent international media like Fox News, AOL News, Time and news wires like AFP. Bermama and dpa German Press Agency. It was also picked up and featured on portals and media like Yahoo, Sky News and MX in Australia, Taipei Times and China News Press in Taiwan and China.

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 29 September 2010
•    The Straits Times – 29 September 2010
•    My Paper – 29 September 2010
•    The Business Times – 29 September 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 28 September 2010

The media listing for Happy Coffins can be accessed here

Winning environmental ideas

Started in 2008, the Lien Challenge is a joint initiative between the Lien Foundation and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to create innovative environmental solutions for China. The Challenge involves senior Chinese officials enrolled in NTU’s highly-regarded master of Science in Managerial Economics and Master of Public Administration programmes. To win the Lien Challenge, they compete to come up with the best solutions to deal with China’s water and sanitation issues.

The winner of the inaugural Challenge, Mr Ma Bo and team, created an artificially enhanced wetland in Yuanshan village in Sichuan province that could turn sewage into irrigation water for agriculture and fish farming. The team is now planning to replicate that successful feat for the earthquake affected Sanjiang village along the Min River in the same province.

•    The Straits Times – 23 September 2010

Suzhou tops the Lien Public Service Excellence Index

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the Lien Public Service Excellence Index for Chinese Cities was released in September 2010. It placed the city of Suzhou as number one. The Index, which ranks the quality of public service across 32 major Chinese cities, is a joint research project between NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration and the School of Public Affairs in Xiamen University.

The news about the Index was extensively covered in the Chinese media, as well as local media.

Singapore:
•    The Straits Times – 20 September 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 20 September 2010
•    The New Paper – 20 September 2010
•    Capital 958 – 20 September 2010
•    Omy.sg – 20 September 2010
•    Channel NewsAsia – 19 September 2010

China:
•    Nanfang Daily – 20 September 2010
•    Yangcheng Wanbao – 20 September 2010
•    Suzhou Daily – 20 September 2010
•    Guangdong China News – 20 September 2010
•    South China Morning Post – 20 September 2010
•    Xinhua News – 20 September 2010
•    Jiangmen Daily News – 20 September 2010
•    Qinghai News – 20 September 2010
•    China Daily – 20 September 2010
•    China.com.cn – 20 September 2010
•    ifeng.com – 20 September 2010
•    Hangzhou.com.cn – 20 September 2010
•    Huaxia.com – 20 September 2010
•    Rednet.cn – 20 September 2010

Taiwan:
•    Central Daily News – 23 September 2010

First-ever Global Quality of Death Index captures worldwide attention

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the inaugural global index ranked the provision of end-of-life care across 40 countries. The release garnered spots in top tier global media like the BBC, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, WSJ.com and the Economist, and was carried in wires such as the AFP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Xinhua, Kyodo News and dpa German Press Agency.

National newspapers of several countries – Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, India, Thailand, U.S., U.K., Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand carried news of the study. The findings of the Index made it to prestigious medical journals such as The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, and also attracted attention on bloggersphere.

•    The Straits Times – 17 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 16 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 15 July 2010
•    The Straits Times – 15 July 2010
•    My Paper – 15 July 2010
•    The Business Times – 15 July 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 14 July 2010
•    Shin Min Daily News – 14 July 2010

The media listings of the Index can be accessed here.

Radical Philanthropy that goes beyond traditional giving

The Foundation’s spirit of radical philanthropy found its way into the headlines – as its unconventional way of giving and doing good shows up in recent stories by the Singapore media and global newswire, AFP.

•    The Straits Times – 5 January 2011
•    The Business Times – 18 August 2010
•    ChannelNewsAsia.com – 16 August 2010
•    China Daily – 16 August 2010
•    The Malay Mail – 16 August 2010
•    AFP – 15 August 2010
•    France 24 – 15 August 2010
•    The Straits Times – 15 August 2010
•    The Business Times – 14 August 2010
•    The Business Times – 7 August 2010
•    The Straits Times – 6 March 2010
•    The Business Times – 6 March 2010
•    TODAY – 6 March 2010

Mission: I’m Possible Makes Learning Possible

The Lien Foundation, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Department of Child Development and PAP Community Foundation successfully pilot programme to provide specialist support to preschoolers in 22 PCF centres. The project, Mission: I’mPossible, makes the first proactive programme to screen, diagnose and help preschoolers with mild developmental needs.

•    The Straits Times – 7 July 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 7 July 2010
•    The New Paper – 7 July 2010
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 6 July 2010
•    938 Live – 6 July 2010
•    Capital 95.8 Radio – 6 July 2010
•    Tamil News Radio – 6 July 2010
•    Channelnewsasia.com – 6 July 2010

Preschools to Soar on the Cloud

The Lien Foundation and Salesforce.com Foundation announced a USD$2 million joint philanthropic initiative to transform Singapore’s non-profit preschool sector. This move will let 60 preschools tap on the power of cloud computing to enhance their productivity and professional image.

•    The Straits Times – 25 May 2010
•    The Business Times – 25 May 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 25 May 2010
•    My Paper – 25 May 2010
•    Human Resources Online – 25 May 2010
•    Channel NewsAsia – 24 May 2010
•    Channel 8 News – 24 May 2010
•    Suria News – 24 May 2010
•    Channel 95.8 – 24 May 2010

Environmental Endeavour Phase 2

The Lien Foundation and the Nanyang Technological University has launched the second wave of their joint Environmental Endeavour with new funds of $12m from the Foundation and a new environmental fellowship programme. Since its inception in 2006, the Endeavour has initiated 38 projects across six countries and touched over 200,000 lives. The Endeavour aims to bring clean water and sanitation to one million people by 2013, working through its international development NGO, Lien Aid and key partners.

•    The Business Times – 3 April 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 3 April 2010
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature – 27 March 2010
•    The Straits Times Blogs – 27 March 2010
•    Capital 95.8 – 26 March 2010
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 21 March 2010