CDAC Spent Record $ 33.5 Million in 2020 to Help 18,600 Needy Households, Singapore News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – A record $ 33.5 million was distributed last year by the China Development Assistance Council (CDAC) to help more Singaporeans in need.

A total of 18,600 households benefited from community support group programs, up from 17,000 in 2019.

The CDAC said Friday, June 18, that new programs this year will continue to provide more assistance.

One of these programs will provide grocery coupons for fresh produce to needy families with children in school, to encourage healthier eating habits.

Project Fresh, which will be rolled out in June 2021, will support 300 CADC families by providing grocery vouchers worth $ 30 per family member, up to $ 120 per family each month from June to December 2021. .

Vouchers are intended for the purchase of fresh groceries only – meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, vegetables and fruits – at Sheng Siong supermarkets.

Another program provides grants to households with school-going children who need Internet access for home learning.

Project Broadband Access Subsidy for In-School Children (Basic), which began in January 2021, has provided grants to 650 households, with a plan to support 1,000 households over time.

These households are not eligible for existing government programs to support digital access, for various reasons. But under Project Basic, they will receive a grant capped at $ 240 per year, to cover their Internet subscription costs.

While the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to continue to have an impact on the social and economic front, the CADC is strengthening its support for families and needy people in the community, especially the most difficult households with young children or children. school children, he said.

To this end, the amount of the CDAC-Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations scholarship will be increased by 7% from 2022.

The amount for elementary students will increase to $ 300 per year, from $ 280 now, while the amount for high school students will increase from $ 450 to $ 480.

Assuming the same number of students – 8,500 – receive the scholarship in 2022 as in 2021, CDAC will pay out around $ 3.6 million in scholarships next year.

CDAC Chairman Ong Ye Kung told a press briefing at the building in Toa Payoh after CDAC’s annual general meeting on Friday that the cost of managing the group’s programs and programs d aid last year was $ 33.5 million.

This is an increase of approximately $ 6.7 million from the previous year and the largest annual expenditure in CDAC history.

CADC Executive Director Pok Cheng Chong said the estimated spending for this year is around $ 36 million and is expected to exceed last year.

The 18,600 households that CADC assisted last year have benefited from tuition and enrichment programs, scholarship and grant programs, senior programs, among others.

Of these, around 1,500 households facing more challenges have received more targeted and sustained assistance, said Ong, who is also health minister.

He added: “Low-income families have been particularly affected by these changes (stemming from the pandemic), especially during the circuit breaker, and the CDAC therefore renewed its commitment last year to help our stakeholders get through this period. of difficulties and uncertainties. “

Last year, the CADC put in place additional assistance measures to help its beneficiaries whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the pandemic.

These included an allowance of up to $ 400 per family for workers who lost their jobs.

He also worked with government agencies to organize virtual job fairs, seminars and talks to help those who needed to find employment.

“Last year, we did everything we could to cover the education costs of our beneficiaries. The CADC scholarship reopened applications in March 2020. As a result, we have seen a 45% increase in the number of scholarship recipients in 2020, for a total of 7,260, ”says Ong.

He added, “Last year was also a very special year – the government gave an additional $ 5 million grant to CADC in 2020. The community also continued to support us with their contributions and donations, and these additional resources were very important to us and helped us to adapt our programs.

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