What is “Metta”?
“Metta” in Pali means “loving kindness”.
Metta Welfare Association
The Metta Welfare Association (Metta) was founded in 1992 by Venerable Shi Fa Zhao, Abbot of the Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple. He is also the President and Abbot of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Registered as a charity in 1994, Metta is endorsed by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. We are also members of the National Council of Social Service, Singapore Hospice Council and Singapore Disability Sports Council.
Compassionate love to share
Brightens hope to those we care
|Lamp – Source of aid, love and happiness
Light – Hope for the less fortunate
Lotus – Compassion and beneficence
Blue – Strong will and persistence in fulfilling our mission
Red - Optimism, joy and prosperity
In accordance with The Great Compassionate Vows of The Buddha of Medicine, Metta aims to provide quality health care and welfare services for the needy and less fortunate, regardless of race or religion.
Mission & Objectives
- To provide accessible and affordable medical care to the less fortunate – home hospice care for the terminally ill and day rehabilitative services for elderly and stroke patients
- To provide disability care, respite care, residential care and training for the intellectually disabled
- To provide special education and training for children with mild intellectual disability and/or autism
- To provide community care services for the elderly, students and children
- To develop and provide such forms of medical care and welfare services as required by the community
Playing a pivotal role in realising our mission are nine welfare centres and a social enterprise that are located islandwide. Currently serving over 900 beneficiaries from various races and religions, these centres are segregated into the following areas:
- Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled (a day care centre for the intellectually disabled)
- Metta Home for the Disabled (a residential home for the disabled)
- Metta Home Day Activity Centre (a day care centre for the disabled)
- Metta Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly (a day rehabilitation centre for elderly and stroke patients)
- Metta Hospice Care (home hospice care for the terminally ill)
- Metta PreSchool @Simei and Punggol (preschools that offer early intervention programmes to young children aged three to six with special needs)
- SE CDC – Metta Student Care Centre
- Metta School (a special education school for children aged seven to 18 with mild intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorders)
- Happy Arts Enterprise Ltd (a social enterprise that creates vocational training and employment opportunities for adolescents aged 18 and above from special education schools)