Another Week Beyond – 1904

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Dear Friends, When we tell our youth members that they are responsible for creating the neighbourhood that they wish to live in, it generates some excitement among them but often when it is time to do the work, not many show up. However, this week 15 youth in Ghim Moh showed up for a neighbourhood dream-building session. We were pleased …

Another Week Beyond – 1903

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Dear Friends, Last year, with the help of volunteers we sought to gain a better understanding of a neighbourhood by talking to residents, shop-owners, social service providers, grassroots leaders and others who lived or worked in the vicinity. The information was put together as a “neighbourhood health report” and we presented it as part of a meeting with 19 families …

Another Week Beyond – 1902

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Dear Friends, It is said that we often know more than what we give ourselves credit for. The danger is not so much what we think we do know but what we think we know when we really don’t. Anyway, eight mothers who are a part of Bakers Beyond, were tasked to design a part of our premises that is …

Another Week Beyond – 1901

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Dear Friends, During the last week of the school holidays, we met with Susie’s form teacher and school counsellor to discuss how they would like to begin the school year for their Primary 6 class. Last year, Susie and several of her classmates were often absent and Susie in particular, for a significant part of the year. They decided that …

Another Week Beyond – 1852

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Dear Friends, Nashir Uddin, 36 years old was brought up to believe that every kindness is a gift and blessing extended to him by God. Hailing from Bangladesh, he is now supporting 2 school going children, both parents and his wife who looks after the household in his absence. For the past 6 months, his sister-in-law and 2 nieces have …

Another Week Beyond – 1851

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Dear Friends, Early this year, we came across Danny, a 5-year-old boy entertaining himself with some building blocks outside his flat. His grandma who was his care-giver told us that this was him at his best behaviour. She elaborated that it took a lot out of her to care for Danny because ever so often he would throw a ferocious …

Another Week Beyond – 1850

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Dear Friends, Generation Acts Club International http://gen-acts.org/ is a partner who has been providing weekly learning support activities to 10 children the past 3 months. In all, more than 15 children have visited their programme but only 10 have been regular. These volunteers take pains to prepare activities that are engaging and fun. So, when children do not show up, …

Another Week Beyond – 1849

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Dear Friends, “If all of us are leaders, then who is leading who?” This was a question posed to 27 of our youth who were attending a 2-day leadership camp at Camp Challenge. These youth reside in different neighbourhoods and they were at the camp because they take on leadership responsibilities where they live. This question got our youth thinking …

Another Week Beyond – 1848

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Dear Friends, Last night was the third “Celebration of Learning” we have been holding these past couple of weeks. Another 2 more to go but this year-end event is one of the ways we encourage a culture of learning wherever we work. Children dressed in their best clothes, a child excitedly running up stage as his name was called, mothers …