awareness on these issues while also providing funds for participation throughthese programs too.aidha - a non-governmental organization that started in 2006, providesfinancial education to migrant workers in Singapore. Domestic helpers usuallyfrom Indonesia & the Philippines would take up classes such as career & moneymanagement, technology & communication, and advanced entrepreneurship &management classes. These classes are designed to develop participants’ skills &knowledge so that they are able to create small businesses (ie. hair salons, sundryshops) upon their return home - as a way to find means for financialindependence. These programs not only provide these financial skills &knowledge to the ladies but also build on their self-esteem that empowers womenin their lives.The topic on poverty is a complex issue that requires understanding frommany differing factors & not one that can be easily understood, but also not onewithout a solution in due time. It is an issue that requires thorough understandingof its complexities’ culture, native language & religion - especially, when carryingout development work on the ground.
Additionally, Dr Mavrinac shared with the audience her experience inthe Philippines last July when aidha was carrying out its research work. Sheshared her thoughts with the audience that we cannot fully realize the depth& gravity of communities living in poverty despite our years of research orimmense reading on the topic much better than the communities who areliving in such conditions on a daily basis. Our thoughtfulness, completeopen-mindedness & a humble understanding of their struggles along with asense of sincerity in wanting to aid these communities eradicate poverty isprobably a best first step. Despite such grime facts on the issue of poverty,Donaldson also encouraged the audience to see that the possibilities inalleviating poverty are present & abundance. It might not be an easy-enoughtask but in due time it is possible to reduce the percentage of communitiesliving below the poverty line. This is especially true with the presence ofNGOs such as UNIFEM & aidha; that are determined in delivering thestrategies, programs & tools necessary to alleviate poverty, specifically - tothe women in the community. Likewise, Sreyashi also believe that achievinggender equality is key to alleviating poverty.It is the ‘double dividend’ that is present in the notion that genderequality will improve the lives of both mother & children. Women with bettereducational experience tend to favor & are able to provide better quality oflife for her children. The education, knowledge & skills that these women areable to achieve are trickled down to her children - they become moreconfident in their decision-making (especially, in financial matters that areinclusive of the family’s well-being), better nourished children & the like.Moreover, women with higher literacy rates do enter the formal labor sector