Another Week Beyond – 2003

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Dear Friends, When Khalid, an intern from Nanyang Polytechnic assisted with “Make & Play,” a weekly craft programme attended by 10 to 15 children, he noticed volunteers   taking a few children aside   to read to them.  It was the first time he was attending the session and he wondered why. After the session, he learnt from the volunteers that they …

Another Week Beyond – 2002

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Dear Friends, Some of us wear a tracker or use a smart watch to monitor our activity level and to spur ourselves toward a healthier lifestyle. Having an awareness and understanding seems to  encourage us to act on our fitness goals. In the same vein of facilitating informed action, we are supporting residents of a public rental neighbourhood to discover …

Another Week Beyond – 1951

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Dear Friends, In August this year, youth from our Community Theatre programme presented “The Block Party” at the Esplanade as part of the M1 Peer Pleasure Festival. This   play showcased vignettes of poverty as experienced by those residing in a public rental housing neighbourhood.  This week, as a follow-up activity, we hosted a conversation about poverty involving 37 persons, comprising …

Another Week Beyond – 1950

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Dear Friends, One reason I write this weekly note is for me to reflect on what we are doing. There is always so much to do, and it is so easy to let our “busi-ness” justify our existence.  Thinking about the value of what we do regularly, helps us to keep in sight the intentions and aspirations of our practice.  …

Another Week Beyond – 1949

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Dear Friends, In my note last week, I reflected on how we could honour parents as the child’s first educators.  I considered getting parents to teach music and other subjects that drew children’s attention to the strengths and beautiful things within their families, communities and culture. I also suggested using the stories of parents and families to convey values where …

Another Week Beyond – 1948

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Dear Friends, When asked to say a few words at the beginning of the graduation ceremony of our Healthy Start Child Development Centre, I was caught off guard and spurted out what came to mind.  After thanking everyone for their presence, I must have caused some awkwardness. I admitted that the one thing I did not quite enjoy about the …

Another Week Beyond – 1947

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Dear Friends, A study of 147,004 patients conducted by the Singhealth Regional Health System   reviewing the period 2012 to 2017, found that those who lived in rental housing were 1.57 times more likely to die in the period, compared with those who were living elsewhere.   Public rental housing was an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality. This statistic hit home …

Another Week Beyond – 1946

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Dear Friends, JJ, a 25-year-old married with 2 children dropped by at our office unexpectedly to say hello. “Beyond is like a guardian angel.  People come here when down and leave when up,” he mused as he got comfortable in the seat, we offered him. “Oh dear JJ, are you in some kind of trouble?” we enquired immediately. He shook …