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Project Achieving Resilient and Inspiring Families (ARIF)

Sustainability Initiatives with Kindred Studio SG

Commissioned and Arrangement Works with Singapore Chinese Orchestra

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Project Achieving Resilient and Inspiring Families (ARIF)

“A resilient family starts from having a good foundation,” said Associate Prof. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minister of State for Home Affairs & National Development, at the launch of Temasek Foundation Project Achieving Resilient and Inspiring Families (ARIF).

Project Achieving Resilient and Inspiring Families (ARIF) is a two-year pilot programme that prepares Malay/Muslim newlyweds for married and family life, maternal wellness, and child development. It is developed in collaboration with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), and the Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM).

Associate Professor Faishal added, “Project ARIF adopts a collaborative whole-of-community approach, taking inspiration from the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child”, thus the close collaboration with partners such as Temasek Foundation, KKH, MUIS, mosques and M3 agencies.”

Under the programme, Malay/Muslim newlyweds will receive guidance on pregnancy, parenting and marriage from their “Naib Kadi”, or wedding solemniser, as well as healthcare professionals from KKH.

The Naib Kadis have been receiving training from KKH and MUIS on topics such as maternal mental health, parenting and couple engagement strategies to enhance their capabilities in providing guidance to new couples.

Dr Suzanna Sulaiman, Co-Lead, Temasek Foundation Project ARIF, as well as Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KKH, said, “New or fledgling marriages are like newborn babies. You need to give them support, provide them withlove, nourishment and patience.”

Project ARIF has supported 223 couples between October 2020 to September 2021. The programme is expected to support up to 800 couples to prepare for marriage and family life over two years.

There is no doubt that many couples will benefit from the programme as they look forward to building strong families and nurturing future generations.

Sustainability Initiatives with Kindred Studio SG

Building a kindred community, encouraging children to be creative and have fun in a green and sustainable manner – this is what drives the team behind Kindred Studio, a community sustainability initiative supported by Temasek Foundation.

As the first co-working lab and resource-sharing hub for preschool educators and the public, it aspires to help children unleash their creativity the greener way, using recycled and discarded but still usable materials, and instill a sense of responsibility for sustainable learning and living from young.

Kindred Studio conducts sustainability-related workshops and events for preschool educators and provides recyclable materials for use in their projects so they are equipped with creative ideas and competence in sustainable education.

To help plant the green message early, Kindred Studio has set up a recycling and re-use hub within Singapore’s preschool ecosystem where discarded but still usable materials can be collected and shared.

“To protect and save the environment, it requires our collective effort. A small effort from every one of us can make a big difference,” shared Kindred Studios.

Commissioned and Arrangement Works with Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Over the years, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) has been bringing melodic tunes to audiences not just in Singapore, but globally. As Singapore’s national Chinese orchestra, it is renowned for incorporating local and regional elements in its music, establishing a unique identity that showcases Singapore’s culture.

With Temasek Foundation’s support, SCO was able to produce unique repertoires with Chinese orchestra tunes with distinctive Singaporean sound. The commissioned range of arrangement works included traditional and classical, pop to western adaptations and Nanyang-themed music pieces. These compositions were performed at various events locally and overseas, including Germany, Italy, and Prague during SCO’s Europe Concert Tour in 2019.

Some 149 works were born from this effort between 2016 and 2018.

Take a listen to two of the works here.