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 …

Another Week Beyond – 1915

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Dear Friends Another 25 children joined the Community Tabung, our monthly savings programme as we held the first session in their neighbourhood this week. Currently there are 177 children aged 12 years old and below who deposit their monthly savings into a common pool where the entire amount is doubled by a   donor and then split equally to all who …

Another Week Beyond – 1914

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Dear Friends Last year, attendance for a reading programme targeting 4 to 9-year olds was dwindling.  There was always a bunch of dedicated volunteers waiting in our air-conditioned classroom but only a handful of children would show. Those who came always had a fun-filled learning experience and they left for home with a sense of achievement.  However, not everyone came …

Another Week Beyond – 1913

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Dear Friends International Women’s Day falls on 8 March every year but despite missing the date, some of our interns felt strongly that it was important to recognize the contributions of women in the neighbourhood that they were working in.   So, in the same vein, they organized “Happy Women’s Day” to honour the achievements of the many women they had …

Another Week Beyond – 1912

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Dear Friends In our endeavour to help youth develop into contributing members of our society, we provide opportunities. The opportunity to be forgiven and to put things right if one runs afoul of authority or the law; the opportunity to make headway in education and employment, the opportunity to experience family stability and the opportunity for social capital or friendships …

Another Week Beyond – 1911

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Dear Friends Perhaps it was the name of the event as 15 boys showed up when we would have been happy with 8 to 10. “Bros and Burgers,” was a boys’ night we held this week for an honest and open conversation about relationships, sex, pornography, gender roles, peer pressure and teenage pregnancy. Two weeks ago, there was a girls’ …

Another Week Beyond – 1910

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Dear Friends, Not too long ago, I was meeting a potential volunteer and the way she explained her motivation for wanting to support our work left me pondering after I left the meeting. “When you have been poor, it stays with you,” was a statement that hit me weightily. I could understand the words, but I doubt that I will …

Another Week Beyond – 1909

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Dear Friends, With the support of an experienced facilitator who engages rural Indonesian communities on the issue of family planning, we organised a series of conversations which involved parents, youths and some volunteers who support them. This was not just about contraception but about the longer-term care of children, gender norms and roles as well as parents’ ability to guide …