Another Week Beyond -1824

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Dear Friends This is the first week of the Islamic month of Shawwal and we look back with gratitude at the generosity and kindness we experienced in abundance during the month of Ramadan. Our volunteers and friends hosted communal meals to mark the breaking of fast and there was much sharing and cooperation among neighbours. The goodwill arrived in different …

Another Week Beyond – 1823

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Dear Friends After visiting some families, a group of educators were moved. They were immensely grateful for the hospitality they received. They felt most welcomed and were surprised at the candour in which their hosts spoke about their circumstances. It was obvious that raising a family with little resources was challenging and for some, their difficulty was compounded by the …

Redhill Community Mapping

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Dear all, Beyond Social Services is recruiting volunteers to work on a community mapping project. Please take a look at the information below and contact Carmen at carmen@beyond.org.sg if you have questions or wish to sign up. Project Title: Redhill Community Mapping About the Project We are working on a community health report for the Lengkok Bahru zone which includes …

Another Week Beyond -1822

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Dear Friends When Sharifah was a child, her mother impressed on her that kindness, generosity, cooperation and forgiveness must be extended to everyone regardless of their race or religion. She was told that these qualities are gifts within all of us and by sharing them with family, friends and neighbours, we live a satisfying and happy life. Now at 68 …

Another Week Beyond -1821

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Dear Friends “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that inspires Yeo Theng, a recipient of a GIC Sparks and Smiles Grant. Once a week, he teaches children to read and write because he sees how children become more cooperative, confident and happy when they have learnt a few …

Another Week Beyond – 1820

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Dear Friends There are 51 children registered in the Community Tabung, our savings programme where a child’s savings for the month is dropped into a common pool on coin counting day. The total amount collected is then tripled by the Sonja Hope Foundation before being distributed equally to all children who had contributed. The money is then banked into their …

Another Week beyond – 1819

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Dear Friends “I would like to go to the shops,” a 5-year-old told her friends. These 3 neighbours aged 4, 5 and 7 years who were playing along their corridor on the 9th floor then made their way downstairs without informing their care-givers. “The shops at the mall are nicer and we should all walk there,” the 7-year-old suggested. It …

Another Week Beyond – 1818

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Dear Friends “Thank you.” A single woman in her 30s told my colleague softly after she received a comforting hug. “I was raised by my father and have never met my mother,” she added. Two Saturdays ago, this colleague received a call from this woman’s neighbours. They informed that she had a bad fight with her boyfriend and was hurt. …

Another Week Beyond – 1817

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Dear Friends On a big sheet of paper, parents articulated the dreams they had for our kindergarten and their children. When we asked why there were 6 toes on the footprints they had drawn, we learnt that they represented an inclusive school that celebrated the differences in children. The dream-building activity was an endeavour to strengthen our partnership with the …

Another Week Beyond – 1816

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Dear Friends Food is our common ground, a universal experience. – James Beard For the past 5 years or so, we have been redistributing non-perishable food from Food Bank Singapore to those residing in public rental housing neighbourhoods. Apart from staples, we get remnants from Food Festivals or restaurants every now and then. So, families are sometimes introduced to condiments …