Ms Nirmala Murugaian – 2018 SG Silent Hero
28 September 2018 • 2 mins read
Ms Nirmala Murugaian
Outstanding Adult Category Winner – 2018
Nominated by: S Devendran
Nirmala Murugaian is the founding director of Child@Street 11, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing young children of ages 2 to 6 from low-income and dysfunctional families, with subsidised education. Indeed, the fees charged by Child@Street 11 are more than 35% below the industry average. Even at these rates Child@Street 11 has organised 20 learning trips a year – most than that offered by most preschools.
“..We don’t look at whether we can afford to take the child in…
We just take in the child, so in that sense, we’re needs-blind..”
In the 18 years since Nirmala embarked on her mission, more than 120 children from low-income families have benefitted and many have gone on to achieve academic success. She has made it possible for these children to obtain quality preschool education in their most formative years, sometimes charging as little as just $3 per month. To cover the operating expenses of the centre, she would appeal for sponsorships from various organisations.
Video of Nirmala and how she dedicated her 18 years of her life and effort for a non-profit organizationg for young children with low-icome and dysfunctional families.
Ms Nirmala Murugaian was nominated for the Outstanding Adult Category for the SSH Awards 2018. She was the selected winner and received award from Guest of Honour: Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam –Deputy Prime Minister , at Shangri-La Hotel on 30th September 2018.
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Other 2018 Silent Heroes
Recognising humanity with an award that expresses gratitude of our society for their kindness towards fellow individuals, families, community and environment. Through this award, we look forward to inspiring more to become Silent Heroes. Someday soon, everyone shall be a Silent Hero, not only in Singapore but globally.