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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear Friends, In the spirit of community-led change, our learning programmes have been moving toward self-organised and self-directed learning. Peer Learning Circles are study groups supported by a circle of volunteers who do not teach but provide academic resources and learning guidance. The initiative is also constantly on the lookout for neighbours who offer the hospitality of their homes for …

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Beyond ABCD, Another Week Beyond, Community

Dear Friends, Of late, we have been requested to speak about our work to different audiences. These past 2 weeks we have shared how Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is practiced in our work on 3 occasions and we have another 2 engagements in the next fortnight. ABCD believes that people have talents and can organise themselves to achieve their …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, We welcomed our second batch of Community Fellows with a kick-off meeting where they were introduced to the alumni.¬†7 residents from 3 different neighborhoods put forth a proposal that they passionately believed was important for the collective wellbeing of their community. They reasoned that their proposals would address needs that if unmet, could lead to more serious problems. …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, 55 members of¬†Swim Schooling¬†swam their hearts out to raise funds for our¬†Jiak Ba Buay Campaign¬†where every dollar goes toward the purchase of food and household essentials for families in need. Together they covered 3335 Olympic-size pool laps in a swimathon. On the same day, Bank of America (BofA) organised Fairground, a fund-raising carnival in aid of …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital access, digital literacy, digital literacy

Dear Friends, Last year, our Board set out to explore how technology may empower our efforts for better programme outcomes. As such, with the support of the Info-Tech Board Committee, we introduced technology to those who have not been able to reap the benefits of a digitalised lifestyle. 5 mothers who were not digitally savvy¬†learnt to set up a store¬†on …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear Friends, The Girls Brigade invited us to speak about poverty at their annual camp called Fast Food and Fuzz.¬†¬†The aim of the camp was to nurture a sense of gratitude among its participants for the various blessings they enjoy.¬†In their invitation letter, they asked if we could explain the causes of poverty, the challenges faced by those affected and …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community

Dear Friends, On Monday evening, we welcomed 13 cyclists and their volunteer safety crew with a home-cooked dinner, clean towels, and ice-cold drinks. Since 2014, the Epic Cyclist Group has been organising an annual endurance ride that covers at least 1000 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for charity. Over the years, they have raised some¬†¬†¬†S$4.4 million dollars for the¬†Kidney …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, community spirit

Dear Friends, 3 months ago, when we asked 3 mothers what would bring neighbours together, their spontaneous answer was “Food!” One of them is a volunteer who organises the distribution of food drop-offs by the¬†Jamiyah Food Bank,¬†elaborated that food is a way to do good. Every fortnight when the truckful of groceries arrives, 4 to 6 neighbours will help her …

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Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear Friends, 2 Sundays ago, I was making my way to the office to prepare for our volunteer-run¬†chiropractic clinic¬†when the van in front of mine stopped. It was a one-way street and the driver got out and walked toward me. It was a courier van, and I was thinking that the guy was having difficulty locating an address and wanted …