Casa Raudha Women Home

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2012

2012

Casa Raudha officially shifted from its temporary location on Sims Avenue to its current site in the West of Singapore. We admitted our first batch of residents; mistreated women and their children to our shelter in February. 16 June 2012 saw the official opening of Casa Raudha Women Home at the new premise. The opening was officiated by our Patron, Mdm Halimah Yacob. A Volunteers Appreciation High Tea event was held to express the home’s gratitude and appreciation for the time and effort put in by the volunteers who had been with us since Casa Raudha first started. There was an exponential growth in the number of programmes conducted by Casa Raudha for our residents. Programmes were categorized under four cauldrons: empowerment, social resilience, mentoring and self-improvement and community. Changes made to the Management Committee included: Abdul Hamid Abdullah stepped down from his role of Treasurer, and Mubarak Salim Abdat replaced him as Casa Raudha’s new Treasurer.

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2011

2011

Addition and alteration works to the new site began in March this year. The new headquarters was officially ready for operations by the end of the year. More programmes were also added to the home’s expanding activities, including the Support Group programme and the Peer Pressure and Managing Conflicts sessions conducted for mothers and children respectively. Two new sub-committees were formed in 2011: a Building sub-committee and an Investment subcommittee. The Building sub-committee oversaw the progress and development of the new building. The Investment sub-committee oversaw and coordinated the organisation’s investment portfolio while also providing the Management Committee with strategic financial advice. The organisation’s staff strength grew to three. Even with the hectic schedule of the addition and alteration works in progress, Casa Raudha’s core programes for its beneficiaries continued providing them with skills and knowledge to overcome their social challenges.

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2010

2010

MCYS offered Casa Raudha a vacant school building that was to be converted into the residential shelter for women in crisis. The premise is shared with another charitable organisation. More programmes were made available for the beneficiaries and their children such as parenting and character-building workshops. Casa Raudha also worked together with Morris Allen Study Centre by offering English and Mandarin classes for the beneficiaries as part of our empowerment initiative. A fund-raising sub-committee was assembled. This sub-committee was responsible for raising funds for the building of the new shelter. Fund-raising initiatives commenced in 2010 through events such as a networking dinner with potential donors and partners as well as a golf charity event organised by the Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI). The organisation’s staff strength grew to two.

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2009

2009

Several locations for the shelter site were identified and site visits were conducted with then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). Casa Raudha commenced empowerment programmes as well as skills training and upgrading programmes for our beneficiaries. The children were also provided with opportunities for academic and moral development programmes. Changes made to the Management Committee included: Secretary Zaharah Ariff resigned from the committee and assumed the role of Manager for the shelter, overseeing its operations and administration. Syed Haroon Aljunied was appointed as Secretary. Zahara Mahmood joined the committee and subsequently the Home Operations sub-committee.

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2008

2008

Established on 27 February 2008, Casa Raudha began operations in a small-spaced office along Sims Avenue. speaker of Parliament and MP for Jurong GRC Madam Halimah Yacob was appointed as the shelter’s Patron. Operating from a limited office space, Casa Raudha ran services such as counseling, legal clinic, empowerment programmes, events and financial assistance. The search for securing a suitable location to house mistreated and homeless women began. Casa Raudha’s Management Committee, headed by Hamzah Abdul Mutalib, consisted of a diversified group of professional volunteers who oversaw the organisation’s overall operations. The committee was divided into three sub-committees: Corporate Affairs, Home Operations and Audit Committee.

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