Another Week Beyond – 2022

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, The past 8 weeks were a very busy period for us, but we consider ourselves most fortunate to have been in a position of use to others.¬†¬†We were not simply attending to the needs of families, but a significant proportion of our energy was spent attending to the numerous offerings of goodwill. The generosity, care and concern that came forth were tremendous and the saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” came to mind.¬†¬† As we processed more applications for financial assistance, we got a sense that it was very difficult for people to be …

Another Week Beyond – 2021

Comms Team Another Week Beyond, Community, foreign workers, Volunteers

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 not. A group of volunteers outreaching to rough sleepers ordered a batch of cookies from us.  They have been providing toiletries and sundries but felt that a little cheer in a bottle of home-made cookies during Ramadan would be appropriate.  These volunteers …

Another Week Beyond – 2020

Comms Team Another Week Beyond, Community, community spirit, Employment

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 that work did not just provide a salary. More importantly, it provides purpose and a sense of self-worth.¬†¬†Hence, thank you¬†¬†Sew-Forth¬†and everyone for the warm support that has enabled these women to say to themselves, “As others overcome, Sew Can We!” …

Another Week Beyond – 2019

Comms Team Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Employment

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 the near and longer term.¬†¬†¬†As we provide devices to meet immediate needs, we are also working closely with IMDA and MOE to get our members onto government digital inclusion programmes. Some members who had a head start with internet connectivity …

Another Week Beyond – 2018

Comms Team Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Employment

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 inclusion. ¬†2 days ago, in a Channel News Asia feature entitled,¬†Home-based learning blues:¬†Life in a rental flat during the COVID-19 circuit breaker,¬†a mother was quoted “In my heart, it is not cramped. We are thankful to have a roof over …