Another Week Beyond – 2026

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Dear Friends, Faced with charges relating to rioting, mischief, causing hurt, failure to comply with the conditions of a provisional driving licence and riding a motorcycle without insurance, Morris, 19 years old believes that he is heading for jail.  A report filed in March, by a probation officer assessed that Morris is not suitable for probation. Following which, a pre-sentencing assessment …

Another Week Beyond – 2025

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Dear Friends, Today, Singapore moves   another step toward a new normal which is COVID-19 Safe. Eateries will be opened for dining-in and I know several of my colleagues will be going out for a meal.  “Takeaway food is just not the same,” they tell me and eating out is one thing they have missed since 7 April 2020.  Small group social activities …

Another Week Beyond – 2023

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Dear Friends, During the circuit breaker we were in touch with 235 persons who were unemployed and looking for work.   We kept them informed of job opportunities and linked them to resources provided by the government, the labour movement and other non-government organisations.  Most job applications were online and several needed assistance navigating e-portals as well as putting together simple resumes to …

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 …