All of us start out with great potential, yet for some children and youths, difficult life circumstances present numerous challenges to fulfilling it. It has been our joy to befriend, nurture and guide them. Lakeside Family Services connects them to various opportunities while providing their families with the assistance they need.

Indeed, our children and youths are capable of achieving great things and creating a positive impact on society. We are proud to share heartfelt stories from our current and past beneficiaries, and the dedicated staff and volunteers who believed in them when they said “I can!”

Today, Wei Zhen’s bubbly personality and confidence shines through, but this wasn’t always the case. When he first arrived at Lakeside Student Care (LSC), he was struggling with his reading and homework, especially with spelling tests at school. When encouraging him in his studies, teachers often hear him saying “I Cannot”.

Over time, the teachers at LSC observed that the reason behind his struggle may be due to dyslexia. With that realisation, he was able to seek professional support, which helped him cope with his challenges better. By patiently familiarising him with difficult words, keeping track of his weekly spelling, and providing him with more guidance and attention, Wei Zhen started to see progress.

These days, he consistently scores full marks in spelling, and has even received the ‘Good Progress Award’ at school recently, as his school teachers recognised the great improvement in his studies. These achievements have really boosted his self-confidence.

Before, the Hadif brothers tended to shy away from reading as they were unfamiliar with phonics and letter sounds.

Our social worker shared with their mother about our reading programme. The children started attending the programme in April last year and within the span of 2 short months, they gained good foundations with phonics sounds and were able to read all types of English books suitable for their age.

They now read consistently, at least 2 books every session, and their confidence shines through smiles of exhilaration when they are able to read independently!

More stories coming soon…