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 – 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 …

Another Week Beyond – 1939

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Dear Friends, As the children were occupied with balloon sculpting, sand painting and paper airplanes, their caregivers put down what they wished for in their neighbourhood on little heart-shaped papers. The hearts then adorned a wall at the void deck where a community meeting was being held.  “My Dream Neighbourhood” was the theme and wishes included amenities such as a …

Another Week Beyond – 1937

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Dear Friends, On 21 Nov 2014, we received an email from Darren Tan who informed us that he had attended a kindergarten run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary as well as many of the activities we were running in the 70s and 80s.  He lived a stone’s throw from our previous office at Block 44, Beo Crescent and was …

Another Week Beyond – 1934

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Dear Friends, “What is effective supervision and guidance?” A young colleague who was supporting the youth leaders of our outdoor adventure club realised that it is not just giving instructions and expecting those listening to simply follow.  Having observed how much effort the leaders had been putting into organising an “Amazing Race,” she was concerned that they would be deeply …

Another Week Beyond – 1933

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Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago, we asked a group of mothers if the gifts we channelled into their neighbourhoods were important. We anticipated that they would say “Yes,” less we stop being a conduit for goodwill from the larger community.  “Not always,” was their answer but they do find it comforting receiving presents for their children because they …

Another Week Beyond – 1932

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Dear Friends, To subtly introduce concepts such as colours, diversity, individuality and choice, the uniform at our Healthy Start Child Development Centre comes in a range of pastel colours.  However, shorts come in navy blue for all and every T-shirt though different in colour is printed uniformly with the school’s motif.  This feature evokes curiosity among parents and the children, …