MONOLITH

 

About Us

We are Monolith, a society founded on the belief that help should reach those that need it and anyone, no matter in what capacity, can be the one to provide that help. This is, after all, what it means to be part of the united entity we know as the human race.

At Monolith, we open doors to partnership opportunities between benefactors and beneficiaries and aim to establish, facilitate and reinforce such relationships among all our partners. We believe that our efforts will create a sustainable framework of providing help and differentiate ourselves from the model of transient assistance that often has limited effectiveness in the long run.

Monolith is a registered society in Singapore (UEN No. T20SS0109B) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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The Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis is a long-term one. Having worked with refugees on the ground, our members have recognised that there is currently no real clear solution to this, especially with many refugees living suspended in long-term periods of uncertainty and facing the continued loss of basic needs. Instead, what the refugees need is capacity building, where refugees will be equipped with skills that can empower them to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining individuals.

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Challenges to Higher Education
& Project Starchild

The refugee student’s path to higher education is fraught with many challenges. Because of their legal statuses as refugees, they do not qualify for citizenry-related subsidies.

 

At present, there are no existing charitable activities that directly address the problem of affordability for formal educational qualifications early in the educational pathway. Examination fees are paid for by the students and their families, or by community schools, which already operate on limited funds. As a result, many students do not continue past the early stages of their educational journey.

 

Project Starchild was birthed to improve access to formal educational pathways by creating a scholarship fund that would cover selected students’ International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exam fees. We believe a scholarship that supports students' entry into the formal education system at an early stage will be a meaningful and efficient way of establishing a system of responsibility-sharing. In doing so, we resolve one of the biggest chokepoints in the refugee education journey.