Giving these girls an allowance works in two ways. First of all the girls are now able to join their friends for certain activities (like having lunch, or ride home on the bus). Secondly they learn how to deal with money (and most importantly, that you can only spend it once!). They don’t have to spend their allowance; they are also taught what other options there are during financial management classes. Also other life skill programs are conducted to help install in the teenagers a sense of self-worth. Programs to learn skills such as personal hygiene and other skills that are important to sustain themselves. Simple costs like transportation, money for pens and paper or a proper meal are a necessity for these girls to get the most out of life. Project Pari helps girls with a foundation to build on.
Zonta conducts a life skill program for these girls, to help install a sense of self-worth in the teenagers. There is so much potential in so many girls; potential that is not acknowledged or never seen just for the reason they don’t get a chance to shine. Project Pari gives them the stage and all the support to shine as bright as they can. NCA is honoured to be part of this and to help making these girls the stars they are.
Project Pari is named in honour of the late Pari Viswalingam. This project is a tribute to her dedication to education and her loyal service to Zonta Singapore.