Carrie is passionate about helping people and their livelihoods. She started her community building work by setting up a charity which trains underprivileged women in Singapore for sustainable employment.
She gave up her comfortable job to do this. Carrie says, “In 2007, I volunteered in India at a shelter for abandoned girls in India. There, I encountered female infanticide, babies killed by desperate parents simply because they were girls.”
“That drove me to think about those who are marginalised and how I can help them. I believe that everyone can contribute to society. We just need to give them the right skills and help them believe in themselves.”
Her charity also tackles the systemic challenges facing underprivileged Singaporeans. It organises community childminding so that those with young children can go out to work. It works with government and private sector organisations to shape more flexible and inclusive practices.
She says: “When a beneficiary can provide for her family for the first time, and I see her smile light up her face, then it’s all worth it.”