As a victim of domestic abuse with a childhood in multiple foster care homes, Elmira had no choice but to grow up quickly. Especially after spending some time roughing it out on the streets and a brief stay at Singapore Girls’ Home.
As told by SUTD students Syarifuddin, Sree Devi and Shivani, Elmira’s journey is one of a fiercely independent woman who found her own path to a better life despite being part of a vulnerable yet largely invisible community of youth in Singapore.
This story is part of RICE Media’s Storytellers initiative, a mentorship programme for budding content creators to learn about the art of creative non-fiction. In collaboration with Quantedge Foundation, scholarship recipients take on the lived experiences of disadvantaged youth in the hope that we, as a society, reflect on how we can enable every child or youth to access equal opportunities and thrive.