Walking in the Footsteps of Our Foremothers - YWCA Fort Canning Lodge

Photo Courtesy of Fort Canning LodgeThe Young Women’s Christian Association was founded in 1875 by British missionary Sophia Cooke to provide education and a support group for women.  
 
In 1906, a temporary hostel was started to provide a home for young girls working in the city. YWCA initially rented a house in Dhoby Ghaut, and in 1914 it secured a property at No. 8 Fort Canning Road.
 
An annex was added to the building in 1916 to meet the needs of the growing membership.
 
Over the years, YWCA has been a frontrunner in catering to the needs of women and children in Singapore.  It created opportunities for social interaction and self- enrichment, and provided social aid through financial assistance, housing placement, and childcare schemes. 
 
Past presidents of YWCA include Julie Tan Eng Poh, founder of the first and only credit union for women in Singapore, and Checha Davies, preeminent women’s rights activist who ensured the completion of many of the association’s key projects. 
 
Checha Davies
Julie Tan Eng Poh