We are happy to feature Eden Hontucan, Uplifters alumni. She is a Filipina working as a domestic worker in Singapore. She finished the courses Dare to Dream in September 2019 and Make it Happen in February 2020.

“I was a volunteer at the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI) in Singapore when my friend recommended Uplifters to me. I joined because I was curious and wanted to know how online learning works. I love that it is flexible and there is no need to go to a class. It has contributed to who I am now.

Uplifters helped me improve my personality. I learned to become positive and motivated, to have a proper plan and make my dreams come true. Before taking the course, I made plans for the future but I did not make a monthly budget. I wanted to learn how to make one but it never crossed my mind. But now, I learned how to monitor my expenses and I know how important it is to have an emergency fund that we can use in times of crisis. Most importantly I learned the value of self-discipline and saving for the future while I am still working abroad. Self-discipline is necessary so that I can avoid the temptation to buy unnecessary things.

Taking care of oneself is important. Uplifters taught me that I should find ways to improve and take care of myself. I am a person who is eager to learn. I took several skills-training courses, as I wanted to make my days off productive. The courses have equipped me with skills that can help me start my own business. The first training that I took was an International Cooking Cuisine at Felodep Singapore. I also took courses in basic computer skills, dressmaking and advanced business craft at Trinity Church, where I was awarded as one of the best students.

To all my fellow domestic workers, I highly recommend the courses at Uplifters. They will help you become motivated to reach your dreams in life and develop yourself. We all know that we cannot work overseas for the rest of our lives. We can make our dreams come true if we know how to plan well and follow the lessons we learned to succeed in the future.

Thank you Uplifters for nurturing me and moulding me into a better person. I have no worries if I go home. The knowledge that I learned will be my foundation to succeed in life. I would like to share my favourite quote with all of you. “Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise.”