Another Week Beyond – 2021

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Dear Friends, This has been a very different Ramadan for our Muslim friends and on Sunday, Hari Raya Puasa will be devoid of visits to extended family.  Community activities synonymous with the past month of prayer and reflection were missing but it was our experience that the empathy for those who are less fortunate, and acts of generosity and compassion were …

Another Week Beyond – 2020

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Dear Friends, There are now 8 women utilizing their sewing skills to earn a small income.   This week, they proudly completed their first order of 100 masks and are now on their way to fulfilling the other orders that have come in since we mentioned this initiative on 1 May 2020.  As we continued speaking with more people applying for financial assistance, it was clear …

Another Week Beyond – 2019

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Dear Friends, We continued to enable internet connectivity and have pushed out another 40 computers to students who needed them. Digital inclusion is social inclusion and especially now, when it facilitates the strong social connections that are so important for our wellbeing.  Internet connectivity among our members will be uneven for a while more, even as we work at resolving the issue for …

Another Week Beyond – 2018

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Dear Friends, With the assistance of Lalamove, an approved courier who provided their services pro-bono, we delivered 41 computers and 7 portable wi-fi dongles this week.    In total, we have given out 122 computers and 81 dongles. While school holidays begin today and home-based learning takes a break, our efforts to bridge the digital divide will continue as digital inclusion is very much social …

Another Week Beyond – 2017

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Dear Friends, When a single mother with 6 children aged from 5 months to 14 years old     realised that she had a problem with bed bugs, she cleared out her furniture. Exhausted and distressed, she called us asking   what more she could do to resolve the problem. She did not call just to ask a question, but to tell someone …

Another Week Beyond – 2016

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Dear Friends, It is Day 11 of the 28-day Circuit Breaker and on behalf of everyone in our membership, our volunteers, and my colleagues, I thank you for all the warm and encouraging support that has come our way. I also send you our best wishes and kindest thoughts.  Food distribution was an ongoing challenge and when a couple of …

Another Week Beyond – 2015

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Dear Friends, Trust you are keeping well and safe during this unprecedented time. Immediately after the circuit-breaker was announced, we reorganized ourselves to fulfill 3 essential services: financial assistance, food assistance and connectivity facilitation. While most of the work is done remotely, food distribution requires us to be in the community. Hence, we are very grateful to our friends who …

Another Week Beyond 2014

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Dear Friends, 6 weeks ago, when we spoke to 200 of our members, most were jovial and about half indicated that they were coping well. As we collated our calls this week, we got a sense that the mood is now sombre. Many are experiencing difficulties with employment and are worried about meeting basic needs. Those with school going children were …

Another Week Beyond – 2013

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Dear Friends, “In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” This is the difference between life and school articulated by author Tom Bodett.  As of midnight today, all gatherings outside school and work are to be limited to 10 persons or less as directed by our …