Another Week Beyond – 1949

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Family Leave a Comment

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 …

Another Week Beyond – 1945

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Dear Friends, Firstly, thank you for the tremendous support we received for Kumar Connects on Wednesday evening. Watching a full house at the Capitol Theatre laughing and having a good time in support of our work moved us. My team and I went home deeply encouraged and we are very grateful for your generosity and goodwill. Having recovered from a …

Another Week Beyond – 1944

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Dear Friends, In our attempt to bring about communities where its members can thrive, we bring the gift of connection. We focus on relationships and it is not just how well people are connected to their families and friends but what ties they may have beyond their immediate circle of support.   A   nurturing family and loyal friends would provide a …

Another Week Beyond – 1942

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Dear Friends, My team and I thank you for the warm and encouraging wishes we received this past week. A good community comes from a collective vision of what we are building together.  In our view it is a context where people are affirmed and appreciated for who they are and are enabled and given the opportunities to experience success. …

Another Week Beyond – 1941

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Dear Friends, I joined the organisation on 15 October 1982 and so this coming Tuesday will be my work anniversary. I was the youngest and most junior in a team of 4 but it has not been the same job all these years. At one point we had close to 120 on our payroll and more if we counted our …

Another Week Beyond – 1940

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Dear Friends, A year ago, we broached the idea that   “Families, not services, lead change” (AWB – 1839) to several families and we are glad that 11 of them have signed up for the Community Independence Project (CII).  These families have been divided into 2 groups and they each received a tablet PC to login onto an online journal that …