Kintsukuroi - The art of resilience and growth. From broken to beautiful, we have collaborated with Refindery Fitness to help support young women from YWCA House who has suffered abuse in their early years and were sent to children's homes.
On the cusp of adulthood now and having to leave these homes due to the mandated age of discharge, they could really use some help in their walk towards a brighter future.
50% of every bar sold will be donated to YWCA House.
Every bar is carefully handcrafted in small batches with no two bars looking the same. Scented with Cedarwood and Spearmint, each bar weights approximately 50 grams.
The YWCA House was launched in November 2013 to provide safe accommodation for young women from backgrounds of abuse. Most of them are moving on from children and young persons' homes at the mandated age of discharge but still lack a conducive environment to which they may return. Since its commencement, a total of 55 young women ranging from 18 – 25 years old have been referred to this programme by social service agencies and care institutions island-wide.
In addition to the opportunity for a fresh start, the hostel strongly promotes independent living, where the residents are to be responsible for their own conduct, nurture valuable skillsets and cultivate financial independence. Where available, support to seek employment and further education for a better future is encouraged.
The YWCA charges a highly subsidised rent for residents. In order to better serve and house more residents, YWCA requires donations to help fund the programme.
Your generosity will help offset the costs of operating the hostel which provides meals, air-conditioning, laundry facilities and internet access in a dormitory setting. Donations can also be channelled to providing emergency assistance for residents as well as rental support when they discharge.
A Young Woman’s Story - 1
This narrative was written by a former resident of YWCA House.
“I’ve been living in a girls’ home since 14, and came to YWCA when I was 19 as I had reached the age limit for them to take me in. I’d been taken out of my home as my family situation was abusive and unsafe for a child to grow up in. Growing up in a girls’ home has been difficult for many reasons - and when I had to move out of my previous place I was unable to afford rent in the open market as I was still in school. YWCA provided me with food and shelter for the last 4 years. The YWCA staff have also played the role of guardian and have supported me financially, mentally and emotionally in my growing years.
For the past year I’ve been preparing to shift out of YWCA as I am about to turn 25 next year and thus can no longer stay in the hostel. With the help and support of staff, I managed to rent a one-room apartment together with another girl living in YWCA. We have since moved in end Feb and have both received donors’ monetary support so that we can afford to furnish the place with essential furniture and appliances. We are grateful for the support we’ve received as it was not easy have to move out on our own, my housemate is still in university and I am working to save up for university next year.
Electrical appliances such as the refrigerator and washing machine have cost us quite a bit of money despite being second-hand. Without the donors and YWCA we would have had a hard time trying to fund for our living space.”
A Young Woman’s Story – 2
This narrative was written by a resident of YWCA House.
“When I was 18 years old, I moved out of my house due to the threatening and abuse from my dad. I also signed on full-time to be a private auxiliary police corporal for the pay and could afford a rented flat at $600/month. I realised that I need to upgrade myself and I had desire to continue my studies after seeing my working colleagues who have a diploma at the age of 18-19 years old. It took me a very long time to decide about going back to study because if I were to convert to part-time I would not have much money to contribute to my mum.
Upon her wishes, I moved back into the house and went from working 7 days straight to working 5 days on top of studying so I could give more money to my family. But it was not enough for my father who hit my mother when she did not get more money from me and demanded to throw me out. I lodged a police report against my father and out of fear for my mother’s safety but realised these were happening because of me. That night, my mother asked me to leave out of fear and I left my house with my clothes in a black plastic bag, my schoolbag and shoes and sat some blocks away from my house. I didn’t go to my older siblings’ houses to stay because I didn’t want any trouble for them because of my dad. So I took my plastic bags and headed to my friend’s place in the middle of the night. Although they offered me to stay permanently, I told her only for the meantime because I don’t wish to trouble another person’s family with my situation. I was under their shelter for 2.5 months before I came in to YWCA House through my social worker.
Back when I was younger, whenever my mother scolds me and threatens to send me to a girls’ home I didn’t expect that I will end up in a hostel. But my social worker explained to me that this is not a girls’ home but a shelter home for young women. I came to understand the environment and applied. After the interview with the hostel staff, one week later the registration was successful and I moved in three days before my 21st birthday.”