The first Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund Regional Social Service Leaders Exchange Programme was held from 17 to 28 May 2016.


“After attending EPLMF programme, now I feel that my work will be reviewed by people from: Singapore, India, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Nepal. This has made me to feel like a more responsible citizen of Asia.

I have been transformed from consultant to changemaker. The NUS team has been encouraging. Frontiers are opened and I am now dedicated to achieve different milestones through the principle of ‘together we can’”. – Suhrid Chapagain, Nepal

“The greatest impact the program has made on me is the message of a  social worker’s responsibility towards advocacy. I still keep in mind what Associate Professor Ng Kok Hoe said, “We might not believe in people or institutions, but we do have to believe in the functions and roles of institutions to do advocacy. It is the responsibility of every single social worker no matter where we serve.” – Tran Thi Tra My, Vietnam

“The program gave me an opportunity to learn more from the NUS professors and other international participants regarding their social work practice in their home countries. There is a number of valuable learning points that I have brought back with me to serve my clients and one of them is the knowledge on how to conduct community needs assessment. It is very relevant to my current work situation and I have a plan to share this knowledge with my co-workers as we go out to assess the needs and resources in the community of our clients who came out of human trafficking situation. I believe that this knowledge will help us serve our clients more effectively.”  – Sovannara Moch, Cambodia

“I find that the EPLMF Social Service Exchange Program was meaningful to my work. I applied my observations from Gracehaven Home in Singapore to organizing, managing children and risk-youth at my organisation’s residential homes.

In addition, the visits to AMKFSC and South Central FSC were learning opportunities about provision of support to the vulnerable. I am applying the skills and methods learned at these centres and at the fundraising and publicity workshop to a project for youth-at-risk.” – Tran Thi Hien, Vietnam

2016 Participants


Hu Ruyi
Director, Shanghai Pudong Leqi Social Services Agency
Deputy Secretary General of Pudong Association of Social Work

Liu Yushan
Social Worker, Guangzhou Qichuang Social Work Service Center

Zhuang Jie
Social Worker, Shanghai East Hospital


Sovannara Moch
Social Service Consultant


Innacy Saint Rock Quornete
Founder and Project Director, SEARTH


Keonantatilard Khamphao
Monitoring and Evaluation Team Leader, Health Poverty Action Organisation


Su Mwan Phroe
Founder, Bright Dawn Children Library
Director, Center for Education, Art and Literature
General Manager, Cecil Myanmar Co Ltd


Suhrid Prasad Chapagain
Consultant, PEAN

Reshma Shrestha
Program Coordinator, AIN


Lai Thi Bich Ngoc
Recovery Center Social Worker, Hagar International Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang
Director, CoRE

Tran Thi Hien
Manager, Danang Street Children Program

Tran Thi Tra My
Case Manager, Hagar International Vietnam

Trinh Thi Kieu Trang
Health Educator cum Social Work Case Manager, Hanoi Medical University

2016 Conference schedule at a glance

Date Programme
17 May Opening Session. Guest of Honour: Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development
Talk on Social and Political Issues in the Asian Context by Dr Kumar Ramakrishna, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
18 May Workshops:
Conducting Needs Assessment by Dr Terence Yow, AMKFSC
Service Design and Piloting Programmes by Assoc Prof Ngiam Tee Liang, Department of Social Work, NUS
 19 May Workshops:
Evaluation and Outcome Reporting by Dr Srinivasan Chokkanathan, Department of Social Work, NUS
Fundraising and Publicity in Social Service by Ms Usha Menon, Usha Menon Management Consultancy
20 May Workshops :
Leadership in Social Services by Dr S. Vasoo, Department of Social Work, NUS
Advocacy and Social Change by Dr Ng Kok Hoe, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
23 – 25 May Visits to VWOs and Social Service Agencies
26 May Workshops :
HIV and Aids by Ms Ho Lai Peng, NUS
27 May Concluding seminar by participants
28 May Networking