Another Week Beyond -2011

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Dear Friends, “I am Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights” is the United Nations theme for   International Women’s Day on 8 March. Thus, it was fitting that 16 teens commemorated the day with their mothers by attending a conversation with body building champion Melissa Sarah Wee.Mel runs her own dessert business catering for the likes of FB, Twitter and Spotify and …

Another Week Beyond – 2010

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Dear Friends, We are gradually restarting our learning programmes as we now have   thermal thermometers, sanitizers and a limited supply of surgical masks that enable us to take the necessary precautionary measures.  For these resources, we thank the many organisations and individuals who reached out to us asking how they may help.  We were touched by the concern and encouragement …

Another Week Beyond – 2003

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Dear Friends, When Khalid, an intern from Nanyang Polytechnic assisted with “Make & Play,” a weekly craft programme attended by 10 to 15 children, he noticed volunteers   taking a few children aside   to read to them.  It was the first time he was attending the session and he wondered why. After the session, he learnt from the volunteers that they …

Another Week Beyond – 2002

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Dear Friends, Some of us wear a tracker or use a smart watch to monitor our activity level and to spur ourselves toward a healthier lifestyle. Having an awareness and understanding seems to  encourage us to act on our fitness goals. In the same vein of facilitating informed action, we are supporting residents of a public rental neighbourhood to discover …

Another Week Beyond – 2001

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Dear Friends, Several greetings that I received the past couple of days alluded to 2020 being a year of vision and so before I go on, I wish you a clear, purposeful and Happy New Year. In collaboration with the Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre, we engaged 21 youth in a drama workshop over the past 2 months. “Youth Stories” …

Another Week Beyond – 1951

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Dear Friends, In August this year, youth from our Community Theatre programme presented “The Block Party” at the Esplanade as part of the M1 Peer Pleasure Festival. This   play showcased vignettes of poverty as experienced by those residing in a public rental housing neighbourhood.  This week, as a follow-up activity, we hosted a conversation about poverty involving 37 persons, comprising …

Another Week Beyond – 1949

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Dear Friends, In my note last week, I reflected on how we could honour parents as the child’s first educators.  I considered getting parents to teach music and other subjects that drew children’s attention to the strengths and beautiful things within their families, communities and culture. I also suggested using the stories of parents and families to convey values where …