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 …

Another Week Beyond – 1815

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Dear Friends “Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.” This declaration resonated with us when we re-established contact with the Rotary Club of Queenstown last September. Rotary Club members come from all over the world and as they exchange ideas, form friendships and professional connections, they make a difference …

Another Week Beyond 1814

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Dear Friends Every Friday from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm, the Leng Kee Community Club generously allows our Community Theater Group to practice at their premises. This group is working toward performing at the M1 Peer Pleasure Festival next year and co-creating an original play on the issue of poverty in Singapore. Currently, 20 young people aged from 9 to …

Another Week Beyond 1813

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Dear Friends As we deepen our work, it should not just be about the efforts of the organisation or volunteers. It must also be about how the people who come to our programmes are taking ownership of their shared concerns or challenges. The work should be “community-led” and supported by volunteers and if needed, the resources that we link them …

Another Week Beyond 1812

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“Our greatest strength as a people comes from the gifts of caring, aware communities and neighbourhoods.” – Frances Strickland, educational psychologist and former First Lady of Ohio Dear Friends, Last Friday, 26 mothers with 21 children in tow squeezed into our classroom to listen to 7 representatives from a volunteer group who call themselves Sincere Hope. The group comprises 13 …

Another Week Beyond 1811

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Dear Friends, Rose, not her real name is 16 and doing reasonably well in school. She is looking forward to her O level examinations this year as passing well will give her a chance to continue pursuing her studies in Singapore.    As a foreign student there is the issue of higher fees, but she cannot imagine returning to Indonesia alone …

Another Week Beyond 1810

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“What does a construction company and a charity like us have in common?” This was a question some of us pondered during a volunteer training session we were conducting last Friday. We concluded that we were both builders. “Building with Integrity” is the motto of Woh Hup Pte Ltd and when applied to our context, it means that we are …