15 Aug '11, 1pm

Profile of Joan Bowen Cafe raised after ND Rally mention

Profile of Joan Bowen Cafe raised after ND Rally mention

SINGAPORE: A tiny cafe is getting employment and joint venture requests after being mentioned in Sunday's National Day Rally. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the cafe is an example of community-led efforts to help youths with special needs. The Joan Bowen Cafe is tucked in a cosy corner of south-eastern Singapore, along Jalan Wangi. 21-year-old Joan Bowen has learning disabilities but can work the kitchen like a pro. Her friends too, have various special needs. "I did pasta and the salad for few months before I train up to do the grill," said Joan. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Khong. Both wanted a safe place for disabled youths to work and learn. With no prior industry knowledge, starting the cafe wasn't easy. Mr and Mrs Khong said a significant portion of their savings went into managing the cafe, which recently started a second branch in Saint Andrews ...

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