Another Week Beyond – 2034

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Dear Friends, When the Rotary Club of Marina City wanted to provide a meal for 160 residents of a public rental neighborhood, we suggested that they engage 4 mothers who have acquired their food handling certification from the Singapore Food Agency. We have been supporting mothers to acquire this certification with a view that they may eventually start a micro-business …

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 – 2017

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Dear Friends, When a single mother with 6 children aged from 5 months to 14 years old     realised that she had a problem with bed bugs, she cleared out her furniture. Exhausted and distressed, she called us asking   what more she could do to resolve the problem. She did not call just to ask a question, but to tell someone …

Another Week Beyond – 2016

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Dear Friends, It is Day 11 of the 28-day Circuit Breaker and on behalf of everyone in our membership, our volunteers, and my colleagues, I thank you for all the warm and encouraging support that has come our way. I also send you our best wishes and kindest thoughts.  Food distribution was an ongoing challenge and when a couple of …

Another Week Beyond – 2015

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Dear Friends, Trust you are keeping well and safe during this unprecedented time. Immediately after the circuit-breaker was announced, we reorganized ourselves to fulfill 3 essential services: financial assistance, food assistance and connectivity facilitation. While most of the work is done remotely, food distribution requires us to be in the community. Hence, we are very grateful to our friends who …

Another Week Beyond 2014

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Dear Friends, 6 weeks ago, when we spoke to 200 of our members, most were jovial and about half indicated that they were coping well. As we collated our calls this week, we got a sense that the mood is now sombre. Many are experiencing difficulties with employment and are worried about meeting basic needs. Those with school going children were …

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 …