About Us


We are ETCH Empathy

Etch Empathy comprises of people who believe in a world with no poverty. To accomplish that, we bring about the awareness of the social challenges faced by the poor, the visually impaired, the deaf and the seniors by using social narratives to design realistic simulated experiences for children, youths, educators and parents to step into the shoes of others. These experiences are co-created and co-facilitated with the community to give participants a first-hand experience.

Etch Empathy Poverty Escape Simulation

Our Vision

A world without poverty.

Our Mission

Advocate for the vulnerable communities by developing empathy and inspiring positive social actions in children and adults. 

What does Etch stand for?

'ETCH' is the acronym for Empathic Thoughts, Compassionate Hands. We are currently designing experiential experiences that can incubate empathy and inspire positive action for social change.

Why Empathy?

With more complex challenges in the 21st century, we could see more prejudice, conflict, inequality and poverty. However, with the ability to experience, connect and empathise with other people's feelings, thoughts or point of views can improve relationships, facilitate better decision making and nurture a more effective empathic leadership. These will result in contributing positive change to self, others and a flourishing Singapore, future proofing our way of life.

How We Incubate Empathy?

Using authentic social narratives, we design multi-sensory experiences, activating participants sense of hearing, sight, thoughts & emotions thus allowing them to look at the world through a different lens. These programs can better prepare participants’ to engage both their head and heart to connect and serve their family, friends and community.

Studies show that our simulations has 'a positive effect in improving their ability to provide solutions to people' in the community. 

Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) analysed the effectiveness of simulation workshops conducted by ETCH in 2015. The analysis was done based on the feedback submitted by the participants via questionnaires during the workshops.

Different parameters were used to analyze the effectiveness of simulation workshops. Parameters measured include participant’s age, gender, nationality, previous experience, their willingness to volunteer, their knowledge over issues related to the theme of the workshop and the quality of solutions provided by them to overcome those issues.

Participants were also asked to self-evaluate their ability to understand and provide solutions for the target group (depending on the theme of the workshop). All these parameters were recorded at different stages of the workshop to test the participant’s ability to empathize.

The workshop not only had an increased number of issues and solutions listed towards the end of the workshop but also had issues and solutions that were more novel than the ones shared during earlier stages of the workshop.


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