Maahen Melvin knows how important education is for an individual. He makes a difference in the lives of youth impacted by cancer with his passion to teach. 

Maahen Melvin SCS Welfare Tutorr


“I saw my mother making an impact to the lives of her students. I wanted to do the same. I chanced upon Singapore Cancer Society’s Tuition Programme and enrolled as a Tutor,” said Maahen Melvin.

Children and youth are impacted in many ways when their loved ones have cancer. Some may face difficulties coping with their studies while caring for their loved ones. One of the main concerns of parents diagnosed with cancer, is often the impact of cancer on their children, and their performance in school.

Melvin recalls the responsibility he had when one of his student’s mother passed away. He said, “It was not my last loss that I experienced as a tutor but it made me realise the great responsibility I have in shaping the minds of my students. The emotional aspects are dealing with the loss and suffering of the family. It is extremely important for a tutor to feel empathy. They must also be empowered to provide hope for the family as well. Hence being a tutor has been a fine balancing act.”

The proudest moment he had was when his first student made it to the Express stream in PSLE. He added, “All my students have made it to either Polytechnic or Junior College and most of them still do contact me. One of them is even applying to read law at Oxbridge.”

He said, “To those who want to support try to volunteer and interact with the cancer community, you will find so many stories of inspiration, individuals who have overcome incredible odds to be resilient and role models of our community. And to youth impacted by cancer my greatest advice, keep improving yourselves. Strive to be the best version of yourself.

SCS Tuition Programme

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. At SCS, a wide and holistic array of services are provided to these children, youth and their families that include a tuition programme, achievement awards, school allowances, youth engagements and family activities. SCS recruits qualified tutors to provide free one-to-one home tuition services. The aim of the programme is to provide a pillar of support for their academic pursuits and emotional well- being. By helping to improve their confidence and self-esteem by doing well in school, the programme hopes to alleviate the concerns and worries of their family members who are afflicted by cancer.

To sign up as a tutor email welfare@singaporecancersociety.org.sg. For more information: https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/get-help/cancer-patient/cancer-and-my-family/assistance-for-children-and-youth.html

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