Foundation stone for Charity Centre laid
Scheduled to be completed in 2015, the Agape Village will be the hub of the Catholic Church’s social outreach to the broader community and opportunity for social innovation and Christian leadership.
The foundation stone for Agape Village, the Catholic Church’s centre dedicated to charity, was laid last week in Central Singapore. Situated next to the First Toa Payoh Primary School, it will have 4,200 square metres in a 4-storeyed building.
Mrs. Janet Ang, who leads the Commission in charge of the project, Archbishop William Goh of Singapore, Minister for Social Development and family Chan Chun Sing, Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia and George Lim, president of the local Caritas, were present during the occasion.
Scheduled to be completed in 2015, the Agape Village will be the hub of the Catholic Church’s social outreach to the broader community and an opportunity for social innovation and Christian leadership.
The Caritas-Singapore welcomed the initiative of the Catholic leaders which is expected to unite several Catholic organizations involved in social and community life.
Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia had assigned 3,000 square metres plot at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh for Caritas to build this little ‘village of love’, where people in need can connect to the 23 charities and services co-ordinated by Caritas Singapore, the social arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore.
“Agape Village will bring together the common services of our Catholic charities under one roof – integrated case management, counselling, legal aid, medical aid, care-giver support, skills training and job matching for displaced workers and professionals, mentoring and life skills, coaching for the poor and marginalised in our society,” Caritas- Singapore website said.
James Chow, executive director of Catholics for Welfare Services, explained, "Closer collaboration between those working in the social sector is very important. By bringing everything together under the one roof of the Agape Village, we will improve social inclusion, communication and the coordination between our works."
So far 4 of the 15 million dollars needed to complete construction have been raised.
Source: AsiaNews & Caritas-Singapore