Some time ago, I went down to Bizlink so I can understand their goals and motivation better. When I heard their concept, I was immediately swayed. Bizlink Center is a non-profit organization that provides employment placements and job assessments for people with disability (PWDs). But not all PWDs are ready to adjust to working without help so Bizlink also runs a sheltered workshop to provide work as well as serve as a work training environment.
I loved their concept because it’s not about just handing out money to PWDs, it’s about finding them a job or letting them have a chance to earn their own keep. The independence and dignity that they gain is worth so much more than just a monetary handout. Besides, hopefully, they would eventually be able to gain enough skills and courage to integrate into the mainstream society.
The Bizlink workshop sources jobs for it’s workers such as data entry, packing of goodies, inserting letters into envelopes, telemarketing, making gifts and so on. They try to keep the jobs coming in so they the PWDs have work and they can receive salaries,CPF and other work benefits. Other than taking jobs from outside companies, Bizlink tries to create jobs on their own. And one of this is through greeting cards.
They have done Christmas, Chinese New Year and even Ang Pows for companies for many years and in the recent years they are trying to expand it to the retail market. Every single step is executed by PWDs. I had the fortune of seeing the original artwork that the cards had been adapted from. The artists all had a wide range of background and ages. Just to name a few – Artist Francesca Tan and Lim Teck Mong have paraplegia, Gillson Tan has down syndrome, Yeo Ah Guan has dementia but all of them are so talented!
Even the packing and arranging of the greeting cards are done by PWDs. I was at the workshop but didn’t want to capture their faces or any close ups as a large number of PWDs are still really shy about themselves and how they look.
To help them as an individual is really easy. Just buy greeting cards to support them! Each card is only about S$1 and you can buy them at the following locations:
Toy Outpost – Plaza Singapura, 8 Orchard Road #07-11B Singapore 238839
Toy Outpost – Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-27 Singapore 098585
Toy Outpost – *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #02-16 Singapore 237978
You also view the video below for more information.
Video is also viewable at http://youtu.be/iEf5oyuvXf4