SGBono’s Free Devices Will Benefit Low-Income Families That Cannot Afford Them, For CHAS Blue Cardholders Only
Singapore has a relatively low number of cases when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that those without the coronavirus are unaffected. The pandemic has brought on a myriad of problems, from global recession to nationwide lockdowns, and everyone has been affected in some way.
Luckily, good news is around the corner — for one group of people at least.
Singapore volunteer group SGBono is offering free computing devices in the form of laptops and iPads to low-income families.
Students from low-income families can get free computers from SGBono
This is especially timely, since the Ministry of Education (MOE) just announced that they will be implementing home-based learning for students in Singapore.
Under this new measure, schools in Singapore will have 1 day of home-based learning a week, starting from 1 Apr.
Only CHAS Blue recipients get free computers
To ensure that only those who need it benefit, interested parties must be current Community Health Assist Sceheme (CHAS) Blue cardholders.
Only CHAS Blue cardholders are eligible for the devices
The requirements for CHAS Blue are:
- Household monthly income of $1,200 and below per person, or
- Annual home value of $13,000 and below for households with no income
Interested parties can contact SGBono via WhatsApp
SGBono’s effort aims to help low-income families that cannot afford to buy computing devices for their school-going children.
The volunteer group also provides other free services such as product repair, grant applications and consultations to reduce IT spending.
Making the world a better place
The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting the world hard. Even Singapore, despite the government’s best efforts, is not coming out of this without a scratch.
It’s nice to see that in these dark times, kindness still exists. If we look out for each other, we’re sure to pull through.
Let’s all stay socially responsible and look out for our neighbours.
Featured image adapted from The Wall Street Journal.