WHO WE ARE

Dedicated to serve all who are in need

EUGENE SEOW

Chief Executive Officer

‘’As TOUCH International enters a new chapter in 2017, the team also birthed forth a new vision and mission for TOUCH International. Our new vision – “Nations Serving Nations – compassion, hope and giving” provoked a paradigm shift in TOUCH International on the way we serve. We are now called to be the catalyst and facilitator of nations serving nations. We envision a world where nations can contribute based on their giftings despite their circumstances and challenges.

It is only when a community rises out of its own circumstances to give instead of just receiving, can we truly say that they have been transformed.”

About us

TOUCH International (TI) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating the delivery of crisis relief and community development services to communities outside of Singapore. We believe in the power and value of volunteer service that can bring critical hope and comfort to disaster survivors and transformation to both volunteers and needy communities. Over the last 19 years, we have engaged over 1,700 volunteers to serve in more than 15 countries 50,000 people worldwide.

Vision

Nations Serving Nations – Compassion, Hope, Giving

Having served in the nations for many years, TOUCH International realised that it is not enough just to give to the nations. A true transformation of a nation is when she in her development or recovery stage is able to give and contribute to other nations.

Vision challenged TOUCH International to identify the “strengths” of a nation so that we can facilitate or catalyse the processes for them to use that strength to serve other nations. We want to see a world going beyond their circumstances and challenges to keep on giving instead of just receiving as then we can say that a nation has been truly transformed.

Hence – Nations serving Nations.

Our mission

Called to serve the needy and disadvantaged in the nations through collaborative partnerships and alliances.

Our History

TOUCH International founded in 1999, is an officially registered not-for-profit organization to facilitate the delivery of crisis relief and community development services to communities outside of Singapore. We partner closely with local authorities and organisations in various countries and our primary focus is, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response, Community Transformation and International Volunteerism.

Today, TOUCH International stays with her vision to mobilise volunteers and other resources to reach those communities affected by disaster. Our programs have benefited over 12 countries in Asia and Middle East. We will continue to respond to both urgent and prolonged humanitarian crises and work with communities to establish the foundation for successful future.

Founding of TOUCH International

July 1, 1999

TOUCH International (TI) was first set up as a program within TOUCH Community Services (TCS) in 1999 to facilitate the mobilisation of volunteers in the

Izmat Earthquake in Turkey

August 1, 1999

Izmat Earthquake in Turkey

Crisis Relief in Timor-Leste

November 1, 1999

Crisis Relief in Timor-Leste

Conducted fundraisers for school textbooks and donations in kind for the project named “Dili School Appeal”

Crisis Relief in Timor-Leste

December 31, 2000

Crisis Relief in Timor-Leste

“Love Timor” Medical Relief: Partnered with World Vision (East Timor) and sent 5 “Love Timor” medical teams to conduct mobile clinics. Provided funding for microcredit

Refugee Crisis in Afghanistan

December 31, 2001

Refugee Crisis in Afghanistan

Constructed a clinic in a rural area

Tsunami in Sri Lanka

December 26, 2004

Tsunami in Sri Lanka

Started livelihood rehab programs. Built 200 houses and 1 community centre.

Earthquake in Pakistan

December 31, 2005

Earthquake in Pakistan

Restarted an elementary school

Kickstarted Singapore-China “Thousand Linking Hands” (千牵手) Project

June 5, 2006

Kickstarted Singapore-China “Thousand Linking Hands” (千牵手) Project

A youth engagement program believing that 1000 youths from Singapore and China (Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an) will serve the needy and disadvantaged together.

Political Crisis in Timor Leste

November 30, 2006

Political Crisis in Timor Leste

Bantul Earthquake in Yogyakarta

December 31, 2006

Bantul Earthquake in Yogyakarta

Provided relief aid

Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh

December 31, 2007

Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh

Provided seed funding to start small businesses

Great Wenchuan Earthquake (汶川大地震) in Sichuan, China

December 31, 2008

Great Wenchuan Earthquake (汶川大地震) in Sichuan, China

Conducted Crisis Intervention & Counselling trainings in Chengdu Livelihood training for handicapped victims

Cyclone Nargis in Burma

December 31, 2008

Cyclone Nargis in Burma

Funded rebuilding livelihood projects

Floods in Pakistan

December 31, 2010

Floods in Pakistan

Brought relief aid and constructed a water filtration system for the local villages

Earthquake & Tsunami in Sendai, Japan

March 31, 2011

Earthquake & Tsunami in Sendai, Japan

Provided relief aid Cleared debris and conducted programs for the affected locals

Kickstarted TeachUP program in Sri Lanka

December 31, 2012

Kickstarted TeachUP program in Sri Lanka

TeachUP mobilizes teachers/educators in Singapore to take action in helping teachers who are living in places where it is hardest to be a teacher.

Super Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines

December 31, 2013

Super Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines

Held mobile medical clinics in different cities Constructed houses for affected families

Earthquake in Nepal

April 30, 2015

Earthquake in Nepal

Provided relief aid Constructed shelters and houses for affected families

Completion of “Thousand Linking Hands” (千牵手) Project

July 31, 2015

Completion of “Thousand Linking Hands” (千牵手) Project

Fulfilled the decade-long dream of seeing 1000 youths from Singapore and China serving the needy and disadvantaged communities together.

Earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan

December 31, 2016

Earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan

Provided relief aid Cleared debris and conducted programs for the affected locals Supported in various programs through Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center (KCDRC)

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