2022 means a lot to Metta as we celebrate this significant milestone as one. A big Thank You to all who have contributed their time, efforts, skills and support in making us who we are today!
Started in 1992, together with your support, Metta has progressed from having her first centre in Hougang to having 10 centres located around Singapore. Take a look at the journey Metta has travelled since 1992.
30th Anniversary logo
A collection of colourful dots makes up the logo design, symbolizing the collaborative efforts of individuals as we commit ourselves to serve the community. The glowing dots represent the glimmer of hope we are bringing to our clients as we establish meaningful and impactful partnerships with our corporate and community partners.
Our work would not be possible without the continued support of like-minded people like you. The theme, You + Me, Shine The Light Forward also represents our journey together now and in the future.
This year, Metta is attempting to break a record in Singapore Book of Records and having an Anniversary dinner in September. Let’s celebrate Metta’s 30th Anniversary together!
Our 30th Anniversary Song in English version
Our 30th Anniversary Song in Mandarin version
Excerpts from Metta’s 30th Anniversary Music video
Thank You! Because of you, we have made it to The Singapore Book of Records for the Most Number of People Contributing To A Digital Artwork with 300 participants in Marina Bay Sands on 3 September 2022.
Photos taken at the dinner.
Wan Leng, mother of Hayden and Izabel.
Children who are diagnosed with the lifelong neuro-developmental condition, Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have difficulties with social interaction and communication and face delays in social or language developmental milestones.
This means that they may struggle with expressing themselves and being understood clearly, a social ability that you and I may take for granted.
It is not uncommon for people or parents to feel a sense of hopelessness upon hearing that their young toddler is diagnosed with autism. While the condition is lifelong, access to early intervention will give these children with autism the best possible chance of developing to their fullest potential. The sooner the child receives help, the greater the chances for learning and progress.
With early intervention and with parental collaboration, we have seen our children with mild autism blossom in tremendous progress that they are able to attend mainstream primary schools.
At Metta Preschool, we work with children diagnosed with ASD, including Wan Leng’s children, Hayden and Izabel. While we work towards giving these children the best chance in life, we also work with those who cares for them too – their caregivers, their parents, and their families.
Let’s hear Wan Leng’s struggle as she supports her children.
Our Metta student leads an Independent and Meaningful Life
Metta School is one of the ten welfare centres established by Metta Welfare Association in 2001. The school offers special education to children with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) and some co-occurring with Autism (ASD), aged between 7 and 21 years.
To enable students to lead an independent and meaningful life, Metta School conducts the Vocational Certification programme for its students at the age of 17 and above to train them in baking, food preparation and housekeeping operations.
Graduates of the Metta School Vocational Certification Programme graduates are empowered to maximise their potential, whether through employment or further education.
By practising discipline, diligence and resilience at the workplace, these graduates have managed to sustain employment or attain higher certification.
Hazim joined the Junior ASD programme in Metta School when he was 7 years old in 2011 and transited to the Junior MD Programme in the following year.
Since then, he had grown swiftly in aptitude and self-assurance as he discovers his strengths through various activities in which he proactively participates. Hazim excelled in pottery and batik, performed on various occasions for the Metta School Circus Art group and was part of the soccer team too.
Since 2015, Hazim also served with the school’s Prefectorial Board. He was elected to the position of Head Prefect in 2018 on the basis of his conscientiousness, trustworthiness and ability to bond his team of Prefects in a display of leadership skills.
In 2020, he was unanimously nonminated by his teachers to receive the school’s Exemplary Character Award conferred to students who consistently embody our school values.
It has truly been our honour and joy to see Hazim grow.
Yi Xuan graduated from Metta PreSchool in 2010 and began his journey in Metta School. With many opportunities to learn and explore in Metta School, Yi Xuan built up his interests, motivation and desire to improve.
Whenever Yi Xuan is handed a new assignment, he will always say, “I will try my best.”
Once, using a creative storytelling app Toonstatic. Yi Xuan drew all the characters on to both paper and tablet, conceptualized the story plot from scratch, came up with the script and even did narration for all the three 2-minutes videos.
Then, in 2020, Yi Xuan was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award!
All of us at Metta are proud of Yi Xuan for never giving up and always trying his best. We are honoured to have played a part in his journey.
Qiaoqi started her apprenticeship with Arts@Metta in 2012 after graduating from Metta School. Talented, she loves arts and dancing. During her 10 years with Arts@Metta, she has done numerous pieces of batik, water colour paintings and and pottery thru the guidance of instructors.
Whenever there are any CSRs, Qiaoqi will transformed herself to be a little teacher and teaches corporates the skills of batik painting.
Donovan has been with Arts@Metta since he graduated from Metta School. A shy boy, thru the patience and guidance of the instructors, Donovan has gain more confidence in himself and is able to expressing his feelings through colours, shapes, and objects whenever he paints.
43 year old Dinah Teo was diagnosed with intellectual disability at age 2 after an episode of high fever that led to fits. Her mother never left her side and increased her efforts to care for and encourage her daughter, hoping that one day Dinah would be able to pick up new skills for her daily living needs and be self-reliant.