Candle-making is the light of their lives

A project for unprivileged women to earn their own income has helped them get back on their feet

http://www.asiaone.com/print/Just%2BWoman/News/Women%2BIn%2BThe%2BNews/Story/A1Story20070612-14517.html

Asia One, 30th March 2007


Workshop helps mums earn at home

29-year-old Madam Nur Hidayah had learnt how to craft candles during a South West CDC-sponsored workshop conducted by ChaCha Cottage Industry Ltd., a non-profit organisation which teaches such skills as soap and jewellery-making.

Bridge Issue #47, published in May-June 2007


Bright idea helps mums

Madam Roslani Bujan, a single mother, is looking forward to earning money by making candles at home while taking care of her five sons.

The Straits Times, published on 9th June 2007


Having been through similar predicament , Angella helps single mothers achieve financial independence

A graduate in architecture, Angella Cheng gave up a well-paying 7,500 dollars a month career, to establish a social enterprise that focuses on benefiting single and needy mothers: ChaCha Cottage.

ZaoBao Now


Helping Women Help Themselves

This event organized by ChaCha Cottage and EADS, a global leader in aerospace services was to raise funds so as to extend our product line beyond decorative scented candles and beauty soaps.

Guest-of-Honor was Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Simply Her Magazine


EADS Charity Golf Challenge

This event organized by ChaCha Cottage and EADS, a global leader in aerospace services was to raise funds so as to extend our product line beyond decorative scented candles and beauty soaps.

Guest-of-Honor was Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

GolfAsia Magazine


Angella's visit to tsunami-struck Sir Lanka

"Witness of the Tsunami - A Train"




EADS Charity Golf Challenge Raised Funds to Aid Single Mothers to Learn New Skills

To help single needy mothers regain confidence and find work again, EADS organised a first ever charity golf challenge in Singapore .

The challenge was held at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club and the Guest-of-Honour was Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Mayor for Northeast CDC.

Proceeds from the challenge would go to ChaCha Cottage, a charity organisation which helps single needy mothers to gain new skills, enabling them to work from home.

Ms Angella Cheng, Director of ChaCha Cottage said, “ The funds will help us extend our product line to include liquid soap, bath gels and shampoos so that we can train our current members to pick up more new skills as well as train as many new members as possible.”

“Currently, we have 26 single mothers under our tutelage. With the injection of new funds, we hope to help more single mothers learn to support themselves and their families. Even a small contribution can make a big difference to the lives of our women. ”



"...Madam Julia was thrown a lifeline last October.
Social entrepreneur Angella Cheng, 41, heard about her plight through a mutual friend, and offered her a job making candles..."

The New Paper

"Forgoing a 7,500 dollars monthly salary, manager quit her job to set up a welfare organisation..."

Xinmin Ribao
(Shin Min Daily News)

"My greatest joy is watching the ladies succeed in mastering the art of candle-making, and my biggest challenge is helping them overcome that sense of discouragement they get when they haven't perfected their skills.
I try to persuade them and motivate them to persevere"

Singapore Women's Weekly




Ms. Angella Cheng, a long-time friend of Nepal's royal family, helped to raise funds for the historical operation of Nepalese conjoined twins, Ganga & Jamuna, in the year 2001.  After the successful separation surgery, they returned to Nepal.   

The New Paper, published on 10th June 2002




In 2003, a group of volunteers including Ms. Angella Cheng, baked cookies for the doctors and nurses of Singapore General Hospital who worked tirelessly during SARS

Zaobao, published on 6th June 2003

 

 


Ms. Angella Cheng, a supporter of National Cancer Centre, helped to raise funds for their research. 
Her late father and several friends died of cancer. 
She hope that someday, there will be a cure for this deadly disease. 

Zaobao, published on 20th July 2004


ChaCha Cottage Industry train needy women to make decorative scented candles and beauty soaps. 

These training sessions are funded by Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)