The cancer journey can be especially challenging for children and youths as they struggle to find meaning and purpose in their circumstances. However, through life-affirming activities, they are equipped with the tools necessary to cope with the impact of cancer and to live life to the fullest. SCS provides assistance to children and youths through its:
Started in 2010 with the support of the Singtel Touching Lives Fund, SCS engages qualified tutors to provide regular one-to-one home-based tuition to students who have been impacted by cancer and are experiencing academic difficulties at school. Tutors are given opportunities to share their experiences and learn how to better motivate the youths under their charge. Our free tuition programme helps to defray education expenses and ease the burden on families whose finances have been heavily tapped for cancer treatments. All children and youths who have been affected by cancer qualify for the tuition programme.
The bi-annual book prize presentation serves to recognise and reward the efforts made by the children and youth from our tuition programme. Held twice a year, the academic awards serve to acknowledge, encourage, and commend their hard work despite the impact of cancer.
In partnership with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and NUS Medical Society, SCS organises 2 camps for children and youths impacted by cancer to help them form lasting bonds of friendship as well as to provide a platform to foster empathy and solidarity amongst the next generation of medical professionals.
These camps are open to all children and youth whose families are receiving assistance from SCS.
Camp Simba (for children aged 7 to 12)
This 3-day camp held during the June holidays is aimed at providing psychosocial support to children aged 7 to 12 who have been impacted by cancer. Additional outings are also organised throughout the year to reunite camp participants with their friends.
Camp Rafiki (for youths aged 13 to 17)
This camp aims to foster friendships and mentorships between participating youths and volunteer university students. Through fun-filled experiential activities, this camp also empowers our youth to face their challenges courageously.