1. Madam Kamsih’s 26 year old son was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. Her tireless support and encouragement all these years have been pivotal in her son’s development, building on the contributions of his teachers and peers at MINDS. Through years of proactive parenting and caregiving, Madam Kamsih has empowered her son to socialise, communicate and achieve beyond society’s expectations of him: he is a Special Olympian representing Singapore in bowling, and holds a steady job at Uniqlo. Madam Kamsih is especially proud that her son has grown up to be a responsible adult, support the costs of her medical treatment. She continues to find joy in his sporting and other pursuits, while actively helping fellow caregivers through her volunteer work.

    This is her story, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran, journalist, and writer Naleeza Ebrahim.

    Madam Kamsih was recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for her caregiving achievements with the Model Caregiver Award in 2015, which was created to uncover exemplary role models for caregivers in Singapore. To read their full story, visit http://www.caregiver-awards.sg .

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  2. As the single parent of two children, Cindy Tan was working overseas when she learnt that her daughter was diagnosed with mental illness. Overcoming her shock and dread, Cindy returned to Singapore to become her family’s breadwinner, and to help her daughter who had been left under the care of her relatives. With perseverance, Cindy began repairing the bridges burned during her absence, and went on to build a strong bond with her daughter while assisting other caregivers and their loved ones. Today, with a Mother’s love and support, Cindy’s daughter has overcome the shadows cast by mental illness – she holds a full time job at the Caregivers’ Alliance, and independently manages her own finances and responsibilities. This is her story, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran , journalist, and writer Naleeza Ebrahim.

    Cindy was recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for her love and persistence with the Model Caregiver Merit Award in 2015, which was created to celebrate the caregiving contributions of Singapore's pioneering generation. To read her full story, visit http://www.caregiver-awards.sg .

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  3. Since 2007, the Model Caregiver Awards (MCA) has been celebrating stories of exemplary family caregivers demonstrating Resilience, Resourcefulness and Maturity in caring for their loved ones. Organised by AWWA Caregiver Service, it is an inclusive community initiative aimed at generating greater awareness of caregiving issues amongst Singaporeans. Over the years, the awards have come a long way in representing caregivers in Singapore, and aims to continue its tradition of inspiring others through the stories of ordinary people who have gone the distance in caring for their loved ones.

    There are their stories, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran, journalist and veteran Naleeza Ebrahim. View more stories at http://www.caregiver-awards.sg, or on Vimeo at 2015 Model Caregiver Awards

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  4. Madam Khatijah, a technician, has faced many challenges since becoming a single parent of two special needs children 13 years ago – her older son has severe autism and requires individualised care, while her younger son was born with intellectual disability. Yet, with the help of her sister Ms Marziya, she has strived to provide quality care for her children without financial support from her incarcerated ex-husband, while also caring for their mother with chronic diabetes. Together, the sisters are committed to the boys’ educational development at Rainbow Centre, Eden School and MINDS Lee Kong Chian Garden School.

    This is their story, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran, journalist, and writer Naleeza Ebrahim.

    Khatijah & Marziya were recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for their determination with the Model Caregiving Family Award in 2015, which was created to celebrate families that care for their loved ones together in Singapore. To read their full story, visit http://www.caregiver-awards.sg .

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  5. In 2008, Madam Jayamalini’s husband abandoned her as a single mother to raise their three boys, two of whom have special needs. Her second son was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at birth and requires frequent hospital visits, while her youngest son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although it was an emotional struggle for Jayamalini, she never gave up. Her eldest son, 12 year old Isaac, became Jayamalini’s pillar of strength as she persevered to overcome depression and thoughts of suicide. Together with Isaac, the former part-time bus attendant has grown to be determined, optimistic and independent, as she cares for her family while making a living as a home based office worker.

    This is their story, as told in collaboration with Singapore TV veteran, journalist, and writer Naleeza Ebrahim.

    Jayamalini & Isaac were recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for their determination with the Model Caregiving Family Merit Award in 2015, which was created to celebrate families that care for their loved ones together in Singapore. To read their full story, visit http://www.caregiver-awards.sg .

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