Another Week Beyond – 1925

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Dear Friends, We continued our conversation with a group of boys about healthy relationships, sex and family planning (AWB – 1911). This time we offered biryani instead of burgers and 6 “older” youth showed up.  After dinner and a game of charades that got everyone laughing heartily, the youth were paired up; some with an adult volunteer.  Each pair was …

Another Week Beyond – 1924

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Dear friends, Last Friday, the youth from our Community Theatre Programme set foot into the Esplanade Theatre Studio for the first time.   They were checking out the venue as from 1 to 3 August 2018, they will be staging The Block Party, an original play there.  Although they had performed   at communal spaces in different neighbourhoods, being inside the theatre …

Another Week Beyond – 1923

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Dear Friends Sometimes, those who tell us that they are coming for a meeting or an event do not show up. As a result, we tend to get a little disappointed and even blame them for not honouring their word.  However, it would be apt to ask ourselves, “How have we contributed to this very situation that we are complaining …

Another Week Beyond – 1922

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Dear Friends Last Saturday, the Kampong Henderson Day concluded with Member of Parliament, Joan Pereira recognising students in the neighbourhood who had done well followed by a breaking of fast meal where I had the privilege of sitting next to a top executive from a multi-business company.  I am not mentioning his name as I have not told him that …

Another Week Beyond – 1921

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Dear Friends “My relationships with my neighbours was okay but now not good because of my children and their friends. They complain a lot that my house is noisy,” responded a mother of 5 when asked what issues children in her neighbourhood faced.  She added, “I know we have to be considerate but then where should my kids hang out?”  …

Another Week Beyond – 1920

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Dear Friends On 27 April 2019, a group of student volunteers from the Singapore University of Social Sciences held a debrief and concluded that their 6-session learning programme, Project K.R.O.N.O.S., held in their campus from 16 March to 20 April succeeded in providing children a safe environment to enjoy hands-on learning. We could not agree more and applaud them for …

Another Week Beyond – 1919

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Dear Friends Last Saturday, a mother of two teenagers we shall call Rose arrived at   our centre at 4.45 pm.  Her meeting was scheduled for 6.30 pm but she said that she was happy just to wait for the rest.  Rose’s health has been deteriorating over the past 2 years. She is now wheelchair bound and the meeting was arranged …

Another Week Beyond – 1918

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Dear Friends When Jacey an intern from Youth Corps Singapore discovered that we had a baking programme that helped mothers gain some income, she thought up Project Oven Hearts to capitalise on Mothers’ Day sales. She was excited about the initiative as she got to put her entrepreneurial skills for a social purpose. She met the mothers, explained how an …

Another Week Beyond – 1917

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Dear Friends About a year ago, we connected with a 16-year-old we shall call Sheryl.  She was pregnant with her first child and she struck us a young woman who was scared but also very excited to be a mother.  After she delivered, a medical social worker contacted us expressing concern that Sheryl lacked family support and was fending for …

Another Week Beyond – 1916

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Dear Friends For the past 3 years, Richard Wee and his friends have been running FUNFIT, a fitness programme in our neighbourhoods. Once a week, children, youth and their caregivers would gather at an open space to run, skip, jump and simply move vigorously for 60 minutes.  Richard has introduced the programme at 5 different localities and currently, 3 are …