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The Lien Foundation is a Singapore philanthropic house noted for its model of radical philanthropy. It breaks new ground by investing in innovative solutions, convening strategic partnerships and catalysing action on social and environmental challenges. The Foundation seeks to foster exemplary early childhood education, excellence in eldercare and effective environmental sustainability in water and sanitation.
In its mission to advance eldercare, the Foundation advocates better care of the dying. One of its flagship programmes, the Life Before Death initiative, was first conceived in 2006 to create greater public awareness about end-of-life issues in Singapore. It sought to de-stigmatise death and dying by spurring various die-logues with the use of social media, art, films and photography and advocacy though research. Creative projects such as the Happy Coffins, The Last Outfit, Obitcheery, BOTH SIDES, NOW and Die Die Must Say getai got people to confront their own mortality in unconventional ways.
The initiative has since gone beyond Singapore. In 2010, the Foundation commissioned the first-ever global Quality of Death index ranking 40 countries on their provision of end-of-life care, followed by an expanded study covering 80 countries in 2015. In 2013, the Foundation launched the inaugural international Design for Death competition that presented innovations in deathcare for the future.
Ang Chin Moh Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation. The Foundation aims to enhance perceptions of death and bereavement among the public, uplift the deathcare profession with education and training, and advance philanthropy in this area. The Ang Chin Moh Foundation also champions and preserves the heritage of funeral and bereavement services in Singapore.
Joint Projects between Lien Foundation and Ang Chin Moh Foundation
Since 2013, the Lien Foundation and Ang Chin Moh Foundation have collaborated on four creative projects, including BOTH SIDES, NOW in 2013, to encourage people to view their end-of-life in a different light.
Die Die Must Say
A first ever international online design competition to re-imagine deathcare and death spaces
A redesign of the hospice service
Wellness Kampung is an initiative comprising a network of three wellness and care centres for residents in the north. Wellness Kampung provides a suite of health and social programmes, creating a support network for residents to inspire each other to adopt healthier lifestyles, in a close-knit ‘kampung’ setting.
These include wellness and active ageing initiatives like healthy cooking demonstrations, daily morning exercise and recreational activities, health screenings to keep our seniors physically, socially, and mentally active, and care services such as day care and rehabilitation to enable frail elderly to age-in-place within the community.
Launched as a partnership between Yishun Health, St Luke’s ElderCare and Nee Soon GROs, Wellness Kampung aims to shift healthcare beyond the walls of the hospital and into the community.
GoodLife! belongs to the network of programmes under Montfort Care, a voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) committed to improving the lives of individuals, families and the community facing transitional challenges. Founded upon the premise that good health, good mind, good family, good friends and good community lead to good living, GoodLife! aims to help our seniors achieve a better quality of life in their golden years.
Since its inception in 2002 in Marine Parade, GoodLife! has expanded its eldercare services to include multiple centres in the eastern and southern part of Singapore, with plans for further expansion in the pipeline. Our senior wellness centres in Marine Parade, Bedok, Telok Blangah and Kreta Ayer, Yishun and Toa Payoh adopt a holistic approach to active ageing by organising activities that address the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our seniors.