ReadAble - Literacy for Life

 A community of passionate people who believe in beating poverty one word at a time.


Our Vision

Every child literate for life

Our Mission

Opening windows of aspiration in children through reading


What We Do

We teach

Since January 2014, ReadAble has been running weekly reading and language arts classes for children ages 2 to 12 in a neighbourhood in the Chin Swee area. We started out teaching in children’s homes, but have grown to occupy the Residents Committee Centre.

We teach a phonics-based curriculum to our earliest readers and deliver a programme which complements the primary school syllabus for those who have mastered the basics of reading. We use drama, movement and play to draw out a love for reading, build self-confidence, and encourage creativity.

We build

ReadAble has built a community library for our kids to freely access books at every reading level throughout the week. We also organise educational excursions to plays and museums, as well as connect kids’ families with community resources, such as school supply donations and workshops by professional educators. Through our BookDrop project, we set up conducive study spaces and mini-libraries in kids’ homes.

We mentor

Apart from our classes every Saturday, some of our volunteers run one-on-one classes with children in their homes across the week forming deep relationships with children and their families. We also started a class teaching the predominantly migrant mothers of our students, functional English to navigate life in Singapore. 

Our Philosophy

Every child loved

We believe that children thrive in love. We are committed to forming lasting relationships with them as teachers and mentors. Each child’s progress is closely monitored and classes are tailored to meet their learning styles. We recognise that our children weather challenges such as parental incarceration or family violence, and we strive to support them.

Every family partnered

Family support is crucial to a child’s success. We work alongside families to reinforce children's learning at home. We seek to understand our children’s home life and we engage parents with routine updates on their children’s progress.

Every volunteer empowered

ReadAble is entirely volunteer-led and run, and we are serious about equipping our people. We run regular training sessions on topics from phonics to classroom management and how toxic stress affects child development. We constantly refine our methods based on research and best practices.

Everyone a community

We seek to build an inclusive community that encourages children's diverse aspirations and engages everyone with empathy. We have a flat volunteer structure led by our Co-founders and Core Team who form friendships with children and their families. Together, we work to eradicate social inequality. 


Get Involved

Learn more about our community on Facebook

This website is under construction and due for launch in Dec 2017 with a brand new volunteer portal. In the mean time, our Facebook page charts our weekly activities.  

Volunteer to be part of our community

Fill in this form to tell us the ways you can contribute. Whether it is by signing up to teach, offering to run a workshop for our teachers or children, sponsoring classroom resources and educational excursions, or offering us your administrative and professional skills. 

Do note that we ask for a minimum commitment of six months for volunteer teachers. We interview all those who express interest in volunteering as a teacher and require they attend a taster session.

We've had a wide range of people including lawyers, trained teachers, psychologists, tertiary students, speech therapists, dancers, actresses, entrepreneurs and florists contribute to the ReadAble community. We're open to working with anyone who shares our vision. Please message us with any questions or ideas.

Collaborate with us 

We collaborate with and help to connect other non-profit organisations and social justice initiatives working in the same neighbourhood. Please contact us if you are one of them. 


The Straits Times, 5 December 2017, "Needy children get help in learning to read"