President’s Inaugural Visit to the Singapore International Foundation

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) warmly welcomed Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, during her inaugural visit as Patron at the SIF’s premises on 18 July. More than 80 Citizen Ambassadors, SIF programme partners, members of the diplomatic corps, donors as well as SIF staff had the opportunity to meet and engage with President Halimah during the reception.

President Halimah became SIF’s Patron in January 2018, succeeding former President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, who was the Foundation’s previous patron from November 2011 to August 2017. The SIF is privileged and grateful for President Halimah’s warm friendship and guidance in furthering its mission of making friends for a better world.

Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore (front row, centre), joined the SIF staff for a photo in the SIF’s community space.
Madam Halimah Yacob shared her thoughts on meeting with the SIF’s Citizen Ambassadars on her Facebook page, saying, “Singapore International Foundation (SIF) has been doing good work in providing platforms for Singaporeans and international communities to improve the quality of lives. Keep it up!”
A Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Programme Winner, WateROAM (second from left), explaining the social impact they generate through lightweight water filters with Madam Halimah Yacob. The YSE is a flagship programme of the SIF that inspires, equips and enables youths of different nationalities to start or scale up their social enterprises.
One of the many social innovations shared with Madam Halimah Yacob during her visit was Freedom Cups, a social enterprise that distributes menstrual cups to women in developing countries without access to proper sanitation for their periods.
(Left) Chairman of the SIF, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, presented a gift basket to Madam Halimah Yacob. The specially curated basket contained gifts from various social enterprises that the SIF works with.
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