How Your Donation Makes a Difference
Show your support to empower people with vision loss and their caregivers.
Provide a GDS client with a new mobility cane or information technology skills.
Teach a GDS client basic cane/daily living skills, or provide a guide dog a new harness.
Fund a rehabilitation programme - a series of more complex training sessions (orientation & mobility training and daily living skills) to empower our clients to be self-sufficient and mobile.
Our Campaign Storyends 30 Jun 2019, 11:59 PM
Guide Dogs empower the visually impaired to live an independent and fulfilling life again. Moreover guide dogs are more than just the pair of eyes for the handlers with visual impairment, they also provide for their emotional well being.
With an aging population and high rates of diabetes and myopia, demand for its guide dogs program is increasing but the supply of guide dogs are not keeping up.
Guide Dogs are specially bred from guide dog ancestors, and will be trained from birth on basic commands to guide dog specific commands, for about 2 years. They are then matched with a suitable blind handler, who are then further trained as a team for about 3 - 5 weeks.Each guide dog can be paired with its handler for 7-9 years.
Singapore does not have the resources to have our own guide dog breeding programme and school at the moment, hence we have to import guide dogs from overseas partner schools, and get the help of instructors from overseas. But GDS has supported the training of a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and would be able to start training guide dogs in Singapore soon.
68Monkeys aims to support the work of GDS to train more guide dogs in Singapore through this fund raising campaign.
About The Charity
Based on 2015 Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) findings, there are more than 300,000 people with sensory (blind and deaf) and physical disabilities in Singapore. But only 5 out of 300,000 have jobs. In addition, with the prevalence of diabetes, myopia and aging population, there is an increasing number of people with vision loss who need our services.
At Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS), we believe that people with vision loss should not be limited by their disability. We aim to enhance the quality of life for people with vision loss through a range of rehabilitation programmes. Since our inception in 2006, our services have grown beyond providing guide dogs to include teaching people with vision loss the skills needed to live independently, and working with community stakeholders to build a supportive society for the visually impaired.
We operate with limited resources, and are grateful for your gifts. Please donate generously to enable us to continue our services and provide more guide dogs to people with vision loss. All direct donations of minimum S$10 are eligible for 250% tax exemption.
Auto-monthly donations are now available. If you are thinking of setting aside an amount for charitable causes in your Will, contact us for a chat.