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Our Campaign Storyends 30 May 2016, 11:59 PM
On 8 April, I fly to southern Morocco to undertake a six-day 156 mile (250 km) race in the Sahara Desert. The Marathon des Sables (MDS) is known as the toughest footrace on earth, where competitors carry everything they need for the week on their back except water (collected at checkpoints) and a shared tent, and survive in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
Over the past nine months, I've run over 2,000 miles in training and added a further two official marathons to my total of nine. I've never run an ultra-marathon though, so the fourth day, which is typically over 90KM long, is sure to prove both a mental and physical challenge!
My race challenges are nothing compared to those faced by foreign domestic workers, though, who make the tough decision to leave their families at home to earn money in Singapore. After years of remitting their salaries back home, many return with no savings and facing an uncertain future. So I'm running to raise money for Aidha, a charity which seeks to change that future by providing financial literacy programmes, incl. money management, computer and entrepreneurial skills to these foreign domestic workers, thereby empowering them to create sustainable futures for themselves and their families.
The impact is profound, with 7 in 10 students setting up their own businesses or investing in assets in their home countries. Please invest in a woman's future today by donating to Aidha.
Financial education is key to a secure future. At Aidha, we are passionate about changing the lives of foreign domestic workers and other low-income women. Aidha' s unique holistic curriculum includes computer and confidence building classes in addition to financial education and equips students with the skills and confidence to achieve economic security.
Aidha is an award-winning charity with Institution of Public Charter status, we have worked with more than 4,000 women since our inception in 2006 and we have about 500 students enrolled in our programmes at any given time