Connecting local responses around the world
"You contributed the space for people to discuss, to reflect and to act. Intangible maybe but invaluable!” Jean Louis Lamboray commented after reading my lasr post. Space and time are 2 very important gifts we can give and definitely, 2 very important resources we need to do our work. Space and time are often in shortage when young people are deemed to be putting themselves or others at risk of harm. For instance, a 9 year old boy who is attending school 3 out of 5 days a week is deemed…Continue
In the midst of a bitter quarrel. a mother told her 5 children that they could leave her. The siblings aged from 12 to 20 years old took a few minutes to pack a few personal belongings and then left the flat together. When tempers cooled the following day, mother and a couple of the younger children called to inform us of the situation. We then contacted the eldest sibling and she told us that she wanted to discuss the situation with us. At the meeting we were most heartened that she…Continue
I was outside a train station on a very cold day waiting for a friend to pick me up in his car when I noticed a young person about 18 years old approaching different people asking for a dollar. It was a well rehearsed line about needing a ticket home but as no one bought it. Just as I was hoping that she won’t come to me, she did. I only had a five dollar note on me but decided that she probably needed it more than me. Five dollars was not such a big amount to give away but what deterred…Continue
4 children aged between 6 to 8 years old approached a colleague who was walking around a neighbourhood as part of his outreach efforts. They told him that they had something to show him and then led him to the ground floor lift landing of the block where they reside. There were pencil drawings on the walls and these children told our colleague that they knew exactly who did it. Before our colleague could actually comment,…Continue
A couple of colleagues came back excitedly after a meeting with a community leader who had expressed her frustration at how things could be better done for the children in her neighbourhood. Our colleagues informed that this community leader was of the opinion that Beyond will probably do the job of looking after the kids well and asked us to present a proposal to her fellow committee members. Hence, our colleagues wanted to be helpful but after talking and thinking it through, they now…Continue
Added by Gerard Ee Huck LIan on November 11, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
A mother of 3 whom we engaged to do some cleaning at our premises was pulling out the leaves from some branches we were going o dispose off. Curious, I asked her what she was doing and she explained that they were Henna leaves she could use to beautify her nails for Deepavali. “Henna? Isn’t that something for grey hair?” I asked and she said “Yes but you will have red hair if you use this.” We both laughed and I thought nothing more of the exchange. The next day when I met her again,…Continue
Added by Gerard Ee Huck LIan on October 20, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
Instead of looking for weaknesses that we can correct, we begin to look for strengths that we can support.
Instead of looking for opportunities to do things to them or for them, we start to look at how we can learn from them.
With these principles in mind, some volunteers and us brought together 6 youths and 13 adults who resided in the same block to “build a dream” for their…Continue
Added by Gerard Ee Huck LIan on October 7, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
“My daughter is quite rebellious. Maybe you can speak to her.” This mother then called out to her daughter who was in the room to meet us. We were in the neighbourhood persuading residents to help out with programmes for children who lived in the area. Upon gaining an understanding of Beyond’s work, she thought that her daughter could benefit from our programmes too. “Aiyah mom, I know these Beyond people!” the 18 year old blurted when she came out of the room. We could not recognise…Continue
Added by Gerard Ee Huck LIan on September 23, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments