SINGAPORE – Distressed and vulnerable residents in the Kebun Baru area of Ang Mo Kio will receive more targeted help from a new initiative bringing together volunteers, welfare organizations and government agencies to work together and create useful programs.
The Hope Collective (THC) was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and advisor to No Soon GRC Grassroots Organizations (GROS) Mr. Henry Kwek on Sunday (August 26).
Mr. Kwek said that the initiative, led by Kebun Baru Citizen's Advisory Committee, would see professionals and volunteers "together at the same table" to identify the needs of those residents and help them.
Programs include partnering with socially isolated seniors, long-term mentoring for needy young families and talent development for children from lower-income families.
THC has 21 partner organizations, including the Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association and the Agency for Integrated Care.
Mr. Kwek said that THC currently helps about 1,000 needy residents and has recruited about 200 volunteers.
During his visits to Kebun Baru, Mr. Kwek noticed that many people who worked to help residents did this "in seclusion."
"The real power is when we all come together and we do integration so that we can help families in different aspects," he said.
"So to make a difference in Singapore, I think we can not just come up with a single program, it has to be a whole community-oriented effort, affecting different parts of the family, then it will be sustainable good work."
On Sunday, Lee and Mr Kwek officially opened the renovated Kebun Baru Community Club (KBCC), which serves 35,000 residents.
According to the People & # 39; s Association, the new KBCC is aimed at creating a "caring and inclusive Kebun Baru community" and offers amenities for families and neighbors, such as lounging areas, barbecue pits on the roof, sports facilities and a care center.
Also at the event were advisers for No Soon GRC GROS Minister for Interior and Law K Shanmugam, Senior Secretary of State for Education and Social and Family Development University Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Er Dr Lee Bee Wah – all are MPs in No Soon GRC.