11 Jul '11, 2am

Ex-dropout starts up foundation donating $1m a year to help disadvantaged children

Ex-dropout starts up foundation donating $1m a year to help disadvantaged children

Businessman S.M. Jaleel, a school dropout who began work as a construction worker, has set up a foundation to pump $1 million a year into causes for disadvantaged children. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM BUSINESSMAN S.M. Jaleel, 53, grew up poor but now leads a company that builds and runs workers' dormitories. The philanthropist, a school dropout who began work as a construction worker, has set up a foundation to pump $1 million a year into causes for disadvantaged children. The launch of the S.M. Jaleel Foundation on Sunday coincided with the presentation of $660,000 to 12 charities, including Mendaki and the Chinese Development Assistance Council. The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which gives underprivileged children money for recess, received the largest sum - $200,000. Mr Jaleel said the rest of this year's million will go towards individuals. He said at the cheq...

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