Another Week Beyond – 2113

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, Volunteers, youth

Dear friends, When they were told that they were the 14 most active youth volunteers in their neighbourhood, those present were most surprised. Many said that whenever they helped with food distributions or community events, they were just doing what they have always seen their friends and neighbours do. They were just going about their lives normally and never thought …

Another Week Beyond – 2110

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Volunteers

Dear Friends To sum up his internship experience Ziv, shared a quote from Che Guevera with me, “Let the world change you, and then you can change the world.”  He elaborated that burdened by a personal problem not too long ago, he was conducting a session out of duty and could not wait to finish his shift. In other words, he …

Another Week Beyond – 2109

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Volunteers

Dear Friends Ian and Wilfred finish their internship today. They have been with us since November last year and listening to them at an exit interview 2 days ago, I was touched by their humble and honest reflections. “Before coming here, I had assumed that people assisted by a charity were unable to help themselves but now I see them …

Another Week Beyond – 2046

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, community spirit, food, Volunteers

Dear Friends, 5 years ago, Rani and her friend Manimala organized a Deepavali Celebration in their neighbourhood. They cooked up a biryani feast and kept their guests entertained with various party activities. It was a significant achievement that they were very proud of because they pulled it off without having deep pockets. All they had was a desire to celebrate …

Another Week Beyond – 2045

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Volunteers, youth

“We are not interested. My mother won’t be able to use the internet and there’s no point applying for her.” Our young volunteer was told in a rather curt voice.  Although a little stunned and unsure if she would be disrespectfully overstaying her welcome, she continued to explain the government’s digital access scheme to the older woman whom we shall call …

Another Week Beyond – 2038

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, volunteer, Volunteers, youth

Dear Friends, Last week, 7 youth delivered 5 performances at   the Substation.  “Men with Pens” featured lived experiences they had penned down, and the show was part of Septfest 2020 Fringe which featured immersive experiences to generate conversations   around issues faced by various marginalised and displaced groups. In January this year, volunteers Subhas Nair and Yanni Chia began meeting youth living in the Whampoa neighbourhood; listening …

Another Week Beyond – 2021

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, foreign workers, Volunteers Leave a Comment

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 …

Another Week Beyond – 2016

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, Family Assistance Fund, food, Volunteers Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, It is Day 11 of the 28-day Circuit Breaker and on behalf of everyone in our membership, our volunteers, and my colleagues, I thank you for all the warm and encouraging support that has come our way. I also send you our best wishes and kindest thoughts.  Food distribution was an ongoing challenge and when a couple of …