Another Week Beyond – 2142

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Education

Dear friends, Since May, we have been hosting conversations for youth pursuing their studies in an institution for higher learning. For many young people we engage, tertiary or post-secondary education remains an improbability, and for those who have secured a course of study, dropping out is not uncommon. Hence, we have been inviting tertiary students in our membership to come together …

Another Week Beyond – 2141

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth

Dear friends, During our weekly team check-ins, a colleague who teaches at our Healthy Start Child Development Centre commented that she probably needs to be livelier and more energetic to grab the attention of the children in her class. She also felt that her lessons may not have been interesting enough. I have not observed her at work but somehow …

Another Week Beyond – 2140

Beyond Another Week Beyond, health

Dear friends, In January last year (AWB -2002), we embarked on a project to train   residents of a public rental neighbourhood to discover the health challenges and aspirations of their community. These residents were to speak with their neighbours and to gather information about the health-related needs of their community. Following which, the findings were to be shared with the community to encourage residents …

Another Week Beyond – 2139

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Restorative Justice

Dear friends, After 2 weeks of being dutifully at work and keeping to his curfew, an 18-year-old we shall call Ron, quit his job, and was intoxicated a large part of the day.  Those who cared for him were heart-broken and angry that their efforts at supporting him to show the Court that he is worthy of being placed on probation …

Another Week Beyond – 2138

Beyond Another Week Beyond, food insecurity

Dear friends, We were much heartened that more than 640 persons viewed our online presentation on Food Insecurity and Food Aid in a Public Rental Neighbourhood. Even if one is hunger-free, one can be food insecure as food insecurity is defined as “the inability to acquire an adequate quality or quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty …

Another Week Beyond – 2137

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, community spirit

Dear friends,  “Look around this room. What memories come to mind?” We posed this question to a group of youth assisting an artist to create a mural that adorns our premises at Whampoa. Spontaneously, one uttered, “Standing around this table like what we are doing now.” He elaborated that he was curious why his friends were gathered at the table …

Another Week Beyond – 2136

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy

Dear friends, 3 interns have been supporting 5 children to participate in an online reading programme at home. These children live in the same housing block and a significant part of this endeavour has been troubleshooting whenever the digital tools and access we provided were not working optimally.  Our interns realised that often, it was not faulty equipment but the lack of …

Another Week Beyond – 2135

Beyond Another Week Beyond, food, food insecurity

Dear friends,  While we support and facilitate food distribution exercises, we do not regard ourselves as a food aid agency. However, because of the pandemic, we distributed 96,117 cooked meals and $818,740 worth of supermarket vouchers last year. Spread across 20 different neighborhoods, our members received a cooked meal at least once a week and up to 5 times when it …

Another Week Beyond – 2134

Beyond Another Week Beyond, community spirit, youth

Dear friends, Ellyn joined our after-school programme at 9 years old and she remembers that she was placed 3rd in a 5km race at the East Coast Park that year. She was having a shower when her mother told her that her name was being announced on stage and urged her to hurry up so that she could collect her prize. …

Another Week Beyond – 2133

Beyond Another Week Beyond

Dear friends, A month ago, I was with a locksmith at about 10 pm fixing the locks of the gate and main door of a flat. While the gate could still be secured with a padlock, the wooden door behind it could not be locked from the outside. The locksmith was very skillful, and both the gate and the door …