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I’mPossible

Mission: I'mPossible, is the first 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 programme has since been nationalised as the Development Support Programme. 

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 30 December 2012

Xiamen retains top position in Lien Service-Oriented Government Index

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the 2012 Lien Service-Oriented Government Index placed Xiamen as the overall best Chinese city in terms of its service-oriented policies, and satisfaction by citizens and businesses towards local public services. Into its third year, the Index evaluates 34 major Chinese cities in their efforts to develop a service-oriented government. 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. 

Lianhe Zaobao – 22 November 2012

Mentoring Youths at Risk

Initiated by the Lien Foundation and the Boys’ Town Alumni, the inaugural mentoring programme connects Boys’ Town alumni and volunteers to help youths at risk. 

•    TODAY – 19 November 2012

Dying with Dignity

Initiated by the Lien Foundation, the Respectance Fund was started in Assisi Hospice, HCA Hospice Care, and St. Luke’s Hospital with a mandate to help needy terminally ill patients with the costs of dying at home. Structured to be flexibly administered by medical social workers, the Fund also helps families tide over the short term where the primary breadwinners have passed away.

•    TODAY – 5 November 2012
•    Lianhe Wanbao – 5 November 2012
•    The Straits Times – 10 September 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 10 September 2012
•    TODAY – 10 September 2012

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. Following from the launch of the documentary, the producers compiled and edited 32 stories that were submitted into a book, “Grandmother’s Garden and other stories”.

•    Lianhe Zaobao – 5 September 2012

Government Step Up Involvement in Preschool Sector

During his National Day Rally speech, the Prime Minister announced initiatives to improve preschool education in Singapore. These include the formation of a new statutory board to oversee preschool education, and government-run preschool centres to pilot new concepts. Recent studies on preschool education commissioned by the Lien Foundation were cited.

•    Talking Point, Channel NewsAsia – 4 September 2012
•    TODAY – 2 September 2012
•    TODAY – 1 September 2012
•    The Straits Times – 31 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 28 August 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 28 August 2012
•    938 Live Talkback – 28 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 27 August 2012
•    TODAY – 27 August 2012
•    Channel NewsAsia – 27 August 2012

Parents’ Voices for Change in Preschool Education

Coming after two earlier studies on preschool education, the Foundation released the findings of an online parents’ survey. Amongst other findings, parents are aware of the importance of preschool education, and felt that there could be greater government involvement to improve preschools in Singapore.

•    TODAY – 21 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 20 August 2012
•    The Asian Parent – 16 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 16 August 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 16 August 2012
•    The New Paper – 16 August 2012
•    TODAY – 16 August 2012
•    Shin Min Daily News – 15 August 2012
•    Yahoo! News Singapore – 15 August 2012
•    Channel NewsAsia – 15 August 2012
•    Mediacorp Channel 5 News – 15 August 2012
•    Mediacorp Channel 8 News – 15 August 2012
•    938 Live – 15 August 2012
•    Capital 958 – 15 August 2012

New Philanthropy

Recent philanthropy conferences cited the Lien Foundation for its philanthropic approach and projects which are heavily data-driven.

•    The Straits Times – 16 November 2012
•    The Straits Times – 13 August 2012

Vital voices for change in the vital years

Following shortly after the global Starting Well study, the Lien Foundation released Vital Voices for Vital Years, a study that reveals the top concerns and ideas of 27 leaders from across disciplines in early childhood services in Singapore. An online survey was also launched on the same day to tap on the views of parents on the shape of preschool education in Singapore.

•    938 Live Talkback – 15 August 2012
•    TODAY – 14 August 2012
•    TODAY – 13 August 2012
•    The Star Online – 12 August 2012
•    The Asian Parent – 1 Aug 2012
•    The Straits Times, Saturday Special Feature ­– 28 July 2012
•    The Straits Times – 21 July 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 21 July 2012
•    TODAY – 21 July 2012
•    TODAY – 20 July 2012
•    Channel NewsAsia – 20 Jul 2012
•    Capital 958 – 20 July 2012
•    The Straits Times – 18 July 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 18 July 2012
•    TODAY – 18 July 2012
•    TODAY – 18 July 2012
•    938 Live Talkback – 18 July 2012
•    Lianhe Wanbao –17 July 2012
•    Shinmin Daily News – 17 July 2012
•    TODAY – 17 July 2012
•    Channel NewsAsia – 17 July 2012
•    Yahoo! News Singapore – 17 July 2012
•    RazorTV – 17 July 2012
•    Mediacorp Channel 5 News – 17 July 2012
•    Mediacorp Channel 8 News – 17 July 2012
•    938 Live – 17 July 2012
•    Capital 958 – 17 July 2012

Inaugural Starting Well Index Launched

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation, the Economist Intelligence Unit developed the Starting Well Index to benchmark early education in 45 countries. According to the Index, the Nordic countries top the ranking, with New Zealand and South Korea leading in the Asia Pacific. These countries perform relatively well across all four Index categories – “Social Context”, “Availability”, “Affordability” and “Quality” of the preschool environments. Most of the Singapore news conveyed the main message about Singapore’s 29th ranking, and the need for further improvements and action in this area.

Singapore:
•    The Straits Times – 5 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 3 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 28 July 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 23 July 2012
•    The Straits Times – 20 July 2012
•    TODAY – 18 July 2012
•    The Straits Times – 07 July 2012
•    The Straits Times – 04 July 2012
•    Yahoo! News Singapore – 28 June 2012
•    The Straits Times – 27 June 2012
•    TODAY – 27 June 2012
•    My Paper – 27 June 2012
•    AsiaOne News – 27 June 2012
•    The New Paper – 27 June 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 27 June 2012
•    Sin Chew Daily – 27 June 2012
•    The Asian Parent – 27 June 2012
•    Edvantage – 27 June 2012
•    938 Live Talkback – 27 June 2012
•    Capital 958 – 26 June 2012

International:
•    Yahoo! Finance India – 2 July 2012
•    Yahoo! News Philippines – 1 July 2012
•    Yahoo! News Malaysia – 28 June 2012
•    Expatica.com – 26 June 2012

Time to improve quality of dying

The 2010’s Quality of Death study commissioned by the Lien Foundation was cited in an opinion piece on why it is important to invest in palliative care or hospice services in Kenya.

Daily Nation – 18 June 2012

Lien Environmental Fellow and NTU helps to clean up Kandy Lake

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kandy Lake in Sri Lanka is now being cleaned up with the help of researchers from the NTU’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) as part of the Lien Environmental Fellowship programme. Under this programme, Dr Shameen Jinadasa from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka was selected as one of the pioneer Fellows where he worked with NEWRI professors on a solution to clean the lake through the use of floating wetlands filled with a local plant, Cannas, as a natural filter.

The Straits Times – 21 May 2012
Lianhe Zaobao – 21 May 2012

Future-ready social policies

2009 study commissioned by the Lien Foundation on death attitudes in Singapore was cited in both The Long Interview and Opinion. The poll reveals the top fears of dying such as “being a burden to family and friends”, and “medical costs”. This suggests why the needy sometimes do not seek help as they do not wish to trouble their family members, and that there is a pressing need for investment in Singapore’s eldercare infrastructure.

The Straits Times – 25 May 2012
The Straits Times – 18 May 2012

Fostering “Die-logues”

The Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative seeks to spur “die-logues” in talking about death & dying through creative expressions such as Happy Coffins and Emotional Wills.

American Funeral Director – October 2012
Lianhe Zaobao – 18 March 2012
Law Gazette – January 2012

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 researchers focused on an issue of growing importance – medical care for the dying, by interviewing Singaporean doctors from across disciplines and who are providing care to the dying.

•    The Straits Times – 1 November 2012
•    TODAY – 30 August 2012
•    The Straits Times – 30 July 2012
•    SMA News – February 2012

World Premiere of LIFE Before Death

Presented by the Lien Foundation, the “LIFE Before Death” film premiered in Singapore to commemorate World Cancer Day. In conjunction with the launch, the Foundation initiated a call to “Stop the Pain” with volunteers and retirees distributing syringe-like pens to raise awareness on needless suffering of pain and improve care for the dying. Following the Singapore debut, the film will be shown in over 200 screenings in over 37 countries.

Singapore:
•    A Nutshell Review ­– 11 March 2012
•    The Business Times – 10 February 2012
•    Berita Harian – 8 February 2012
•    The Sunday Times – 5 February 2012
•    The Business Times ­– 3 February 2012
•    The Straits Times – 2 February 2012
•    TODAY - 2 February 2012
•    Lianhe Zaobao – 2 February 2012
•    My Paper – 2 February 2012
•    RazorTV – 2 February 2012
•    AM Live!, Channel NewsAsia (Part 1) – 2 February 2012
•    AM Live!, Channel NewsAsia (Part 2) – 2 February 2012
•    Breakfast Club, 938 Live – 2 February 2012
•    Singapore Today, Mediacorp Channel 8 – 1 February 2012
•    News 5 Tonight, Mediacorp Channel 5 – 1 February 2012
•    938 Live – 1 February 2012
•    Capital 958 – 1 February 2012
•    Channel NewsAsia – 1 February 2012

International:
•    The Standard – 7 February 2012
•    BBC News – 6 February 2012
•    The Hindu – 3 February 2012
•    Crikey Health Blog – 3 February 2012
•    AFP – 1 February 2012

Recommendations of National Strategy for Palliative Care Accepted

Catalysed by the Foundation’s end-of-life initiatives, the National Strategy for Palliative Care was commissioned by the Ministry of Health. Led by the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, the report outlined broad strategies in the areas of service development, training and research and public education and awareness. The Ministry has accepted the report with a view to implement these recommendations at the national level.

•    The Straits Times – 6 January 2012

Leaving your legacy through emotional wills

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

Singapore Health – Jan/Feb 2012

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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