Since we opened in Singapore in 2006 Aidha has relied on a community of more than 600 volunteers - mostly experienced business professionals we call 'mentors' - who give up about two hours of their time every two weeks to facilitate classes for the domestic workers who attend our school. To date, we have had more then 2,500 students complete our courses.
Each mentor gives up their time to help women train in entrepreneurship and build sustainable businesses. The community is made up of people from all corners of the world, who are dedicated to supporting other peoples' dreams.
Rob: What is your full-time job?
David Tan: I am a research scientist at A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research). I study adult stem cells that drive self-renewal in the body.
R: How long have you been volunteering at Aidha?
D: Two years.
R: What do you teach at Aidha?
D: I take a Leadership Club approximately two weekends a month, 2 hours each time.
R: What is the Leadership Club?
D: It is a class that helps build up confidence in the domestic workers. They learn effective communication skills and confidence in public speaking.
R: Why did you join Aidha?
D: I wanted the opportunity to work with domestic workers; I liked how Aidha's volunteer management system was structured - it has good training and support resources.
Filmed by Tom White
Produced by Rob O'Brien/Tom White