Singapore President Halimah Yacob yesterday reiterated that ground-up initiatives play a key role in empowering and supporting vulnerable groups, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier in the day, she had visited Safe Place, an initiative by Lakeside Family Services that aims to empower women and families who have unsupported pregnancies to make life-giving choices.
Since it started in February 2018, the initiative has served about 210 women.
Halimah said in her Facebook post: "Motherhood is a challenging journey, but thanks to Safe Place, they were able to receive timely and holistic help, and have a support system to journey with them through the ups and downs of motherhood."
Apart from offering pregnant women and mothers with newborn babies a temporary place to stay, the initiative also offers case management and counselling services, as well as workshops on pregnancy and caregiving.
During her visit, the President also spoke to several beneficiaries.