Another Week Beyond 1813

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends As we deepen our work, it should not just be about the efforts of the organisation or volunteers. It must also be about how the people who come to our programmes are taking ownership of their shared concerns or challenges. The work should be “community-led” and supported by volunteers and if needed, the resources that we link them to. So, have we been successful or are we on track? This is a simple question but often one that we often perceive as a loaded gun pointing at us. Why is this so and what does it say about …

Another Week Beyond 1812

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

“Our greatest strength as a people comes from the gifts of caring, aware communities and neighbourhoods.” – Frances Strickland, educational psychologist and former First Lady of Ohio Dear Friends, Last Friday, 26 mothers with 21 children in tow squeezed into our classroom to listen to 7 representatives from a volunteer group who call themselves Sincere Hope. The group comprises 13 parents residing in Jalan Bukit Merah who despite their personal challenges decided to care for their neighbours especially older persons and large families. About SINCERE HOPE The group oversees educational and recreational programmes and redistributes food that they have convinced …

Another Week Beyond 1811

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

Dear Friends, Rose, not her real name is 16 and doing reasonably well in school. She is looking forward to her O level examinations this year as passing well will give her a chance to continue pursuing her studies in Singapore.    As a foreign student there is the issue of higher fees, but she cannot imagine returning to Indonesia alone if she does not get her student pass renewed.  Rose lives with her mother, 2 half-brothers, their grandmother and her step-father in a modest 2-room rental flat.  Her mother is in Singapore on a dependent pass, but she certainly would …

Another Week Beyond 1810

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

“What does a construction company and a charity like us have in common?” This was a question some of us pondered during a volunteer training session we were conducting last Friday. We concluded that we were both builders. “Building with Integrity” is the motto of Woh Hup Pte Ltd and when applied to our context, it means that we are building communities who have an awareness of their shared challenges, an understanding of how people can work together to address them, take action and experience a strong sense of ownership for its collective well-being. Woh Hup has taken on the …

Another Week Beyond 1809

Comms Team Another Week Beyond

ArtsWok Collaborative is an arts-based community development organisation that nurtures thriving communities by harnessing the power of the arts to create dialogue, invite social participation and build bridges across difference. In partnership with them, we are aiming to get our youths to develop and showcase an original play at the Esplanade next year which deals with the issue of poverty in Singapore. This effort is part of M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival which is a platform for young people aged 13-25 to stage productions at professional theatre venues, under the mentorship of theatre professionals, for audiences young and old. …