The Orchid Garden

A special space for tributes to the most important women in our lives.
Mothers, grandmothers, nannies, teachers, friends – whoever they are, these are the women who provide the inspiration and guidance in our everyday lives.

Also listed in The Orchid Garden are the women who have been honoured by organisations and publications in annual awards.

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Bibi Halimah Abdul Kadir

Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 2008

Mdm Bibi Halimah Abdul Kadir is a single parent of five children who has been teaching intellectually disabled secondary students since 1984. Divorced when her youngest child was 5 years old, it was the most difficult period in her life, having to sell off her house, move into a rented home and balance her time between her career as a teacher and as a mother and father to her young children.
 
As a sole bread winner, she had to work very hard, sometimes giving tuition till very late at night. Life was tough then, but she persevered. Even with her tight schedule, Mdm Bibi Halimah managed to spare some time to do community service. She started volunteering her service in 2001 by being a member of a mosque committee. She was the Honorary Secretary of the mosque and oversees the programs for special students there. She was also the chairperson of a branch of a prominent union. Recently she was approached as an Executive Member in the Kreta Ayer CC Women Executive. 
 
Mdm Bibi is a role model to her children. Her eldest, a diploma holder, is also a Special Education Teacher and her other children are all studying for their diplomas in various polytechnics. When her children were young, she was their pillars of strength but as they grew older they were her pillar of strength. With the encouragement and full support of her children, friends and superiors, she was able to do what she aspires - to upgrade herself. She enrolled into Diploma in Management Studies at SIM and now a proud Diploma holder.