| The Arch Place (TAP) |
TAP, in essence, supports families by providing an essential safe and conducive environment for children whose parents cannot afford child care. These parents have peace of mind working part or full-time jobs. TAP aims to empower underprivileged families as a whole, which includes teaching parents sustainable life skills which furthers CBF’s mission to provide these parents with business and income opportunities.
The Arch Place is primarily a learning center which teaches and cares for children from poor and needy families. Supported by CBF, we strongly believe that the children of today are what bring us a better tomorrow thus education is the key to the upbringing of the next generation. Not all children are blessed with opportunities to their future and thus, we intend to assist them in all aspects to be well prepared for their future undertakings.
We at TAP strongly believe that children should be with their family which is why we provide educational care only on weekdays from the early mornings till late evenings so that the children can be with their families in their own homes. TAP provides free education from all dimensions – school work assistance, basic etiquette, and even basic skills such as reading! We currently house 29 children aged 4-20 in hopes to better their future through education.
Moreover, we also empower women and mothers with living skills. Some mothers who have to stay home for their children can now bring them to TAP together where they can learn living and business skills while their children simultaneously gains education.
Our Current Board | 2021-2023
Datin Josephine Wong Fonseka
Ms Sandra Anne Ghouse
TAP Deputy Chairperson
Ms Vivienne Ong Edmonds
Mr Anthony De Souza
TAP Assistant Secretary
Ms Mathilda Tang
Mr Mark Chow
TAP Internal Auditor
Ms Linda Khoo
TAP Board Member
Empowering women & mothers with Living Skills
How Participants were chosen to join gift in 2017
GIFT - Generating Income From Talents
Generating Income from Talents (GIFT) A Micro-entrepreneurship Development Programme for the Marginalised
This project aims to increase economic self-sufficiency and livelihood of marginalised people in the Klang Valley by providing them with access to entrepreneurial skills training, business coaching, field trips, bazaars, market access and a conditional grant leading to establishing micro-enterprise businesses.
In line with the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu’s saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” this six-month programme empowers its participants to Generate Income From Talents (GIFT).
Participants are taught entrepreneurship skills like business planning, finance and social media management. They are also mentored by professional entrepreneurs, meet people from agencies like MAGIC, AIM, Tekun and NAWEM, and are given hands-on experience to sell their products at bazaars.
On 11 Oct 2019, the first TAP-CBF Micro Entrepreneurship Development graduation was held at the Church of the Assumption. In attendance was Most Rev. Archbishop Julian Leow, who presented certificates to the 17 graduates. Also present were Assumption’s Parish Priest, Rev Fr Gregory Chan, TAP President Datin Josephine Fonseka, and CBF President Spencer Sequerah.
It is TAP and CBF’s vision to embroider this programme and to help many achieve their goals and to secure a better livelihood.