Another Week Beyond – 2104

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, community spirit

Dear Friends Since the first day of work this year, we have been discussing in our different teams what it means for our members to have ownership of the challenges we are working together on. We  questioned the value of the tasks we had completed in the name of progress. These activities were listed in our plans as indicators of success …

Another Week Beyond – 2101

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Community

Dear Friends Happy New Year! As we are now in Phase 3 and gradually expanding the domains of our work and personal lives, we have much to be grateful for and optimistic about. In the later part of this year, schools will implement home-based learning as a regular part of their routine, and I suppose virtual meetings and working from …

Another Week Beyond – 2052

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Coco, Addie and Xavi aged 10, 7 and 5 respectively, knocked on our office door tentatively with their mom.  In accordance with safety directives, our doors are still closed but it would have been most improper if we had not welcomed them. These 3 angels had used up their Christmas gift money to purchase 6 “back-to-school” packs worth $50 each for   children …

Another Week Beyond – 2051

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Dear Friends “What would you buy if you had a million dollars?” Ian, a Beyond intern, posed the question to siblings Nurul and Putra, aged 11 and 12, respectively.  Predictably, the kids talked about nice homes, cars and perhaps not sure what wealth will bring, they said that they will hire security guards for their homes too. This hypothetical question was …

Another Week Beyond – 2050

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Dear Friends We are in the midst of a study to understand the issue of food (in)security among our members. Being part of a culture where “Have you eaten?” is an innocuous greeting among people, for our members, the pleasantry is a stark reminder of their paucity.  Nonetheless, polite responses such as, “Oh yes I had something earlier, thank you” or …

Another Week Beyond – 2049

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Dear Friends After a severe illness, Haslinda kept to herself most of the time. She was aware of our presence in her neighbourhood but never felt inclined to join the activities she was invited to. 3 months ago, a neighbour told her that we were looking for skilled seamstresses to produce face masks.  With many years of experience sewing curtains, sofa …

Another Week Beyond – 2048

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy, Employment

Dear Friends, Our Digital and Family Competence Enabling Team (AWB – 2033 & AWB – 2037) finished their 3-month stint and we were speaking with the 4 women involved to better appreciate their experience. This was their first experience with white collar work and were entrusted with coordinating applications for digital and financial assistance after some basic training in the use of …

Another Week Beyond – 2047

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Education

Dear Friends An 11-year-old girl waited her turn timidly in the safe-distancing queue and when we asked if she was alone, she said. “Yes, mummy does not like these things.” Nonetheless, we ushered her into our premises to receive her food, goodie bag and a note of encouragement acknowledging her efforts at school.   Around this time every year, we hold …