About First Hand


First Hand is a group of Singapore-based volunteers dedicated to helping vulnerable children and families in Cambodia.

At First Hand we are committed to a ‘hands on’ approach. We maintain ongoing relationships with our partner charities to understand their changing needs. Since 2008, the First Hand team have regularly visited the centres that we help support, seen the critical front-line services that they provide to vulnerable children and families, and have built up strong bonds there.

In Singapore we focus our efforts on raising money through events and collecting suitable donations from friends of First Hand. To date we have raised more than $700,000 to support those most in need in Cambodia.

Our board and management committee is made up of 100% volunteers, with no financial compensation for those involved. Service trips overseas are made entirely at the expense of the volunteers.

This year, the Covid-19 epidemic has presented extra challenges for our partner charities. We remain committed to support them through this difficult time. To do this we have replaced service trips with zoom meetings and regular email contact and we are planning fundraising events in accordance with Singapore Covid-19 regulations.

To receive more information about our next fundraising event in November, do contact us.


Our Mission is to:

  • Provide practical and financial support to those most in need in Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia.
  • Seek out others concerned about the plight of those in need in the region.
  • Nurture relationships between those that need help in the region and those wanting to help.
  • Provide our members with personal, meaningful ways of aiding those in need.


Our Core Values:

First Hand's Core Values are compassion, teamwork, creativity, integrity and results.



First Hand is a Singapore Registered Society UEN: T08SS0216L under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

All of our fundraising events for overseas partners are externally audited and overseen by the Singapore Commissioner of Charities under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Our registered appeals and permits are lodged on the registry of Fund-Raising for Foreign Charitable Purposes which can be found on the Singapore charities website.

Our Annual Returns are audited twice and lodged with the Singapore Registry of Societies.


Board Members

  • Claire Graham (President)
  • Sandra Pineda (Vice-President)
  • Juliet Neal (Secretary)
  • Kathy Lewis (Treasurer)
  • Evelyn Abbott  (Member at-large)

Committee Members

  • Laura Flores-Garnier
  • Martina Wehner
  • Lucy MacPherson
  • Jennifer Williams
  • Claudia Figge Kästner
  • Karin Hesse
  • Nela Preidl
  • Tina Madsen
  • Gillian Moncur
  • Leonie Van Eldik-Van Willingenburg
  • Siaw Fun
  • Lilian Lee
  • Nicolette Joubert
  • Victoria Giaever-Enger