Posts tagged 陌路相助

Opening their home to young people with nowhere to go

The Thongs (standing) serving a meal to guests, who included residents of their home, volunteers and friends.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Unlike most newly-weds who look forward to the privacy of their own homes, the Thongs went in the opposite direction when they married in 2007. They rented a three-room flat in Toa Payoh and threw open their doors to complete strangers to live with them for free.

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Singaporean grad who ditched his corporate dreams because of a glue-sniffer in Thailand

Mr Daryl Tay.

While volunteering in a village in northern Thailand, undergraduate Daryl Tay came across a boy who was high on glue and roaming the streets. Asked why he chose to sniff glue, the 15-year-old gave an answer that disturbed the Singaporean.

“He told us, ‘If you had just 20 baht (S$0.82), would you use it to buy a bowl of noodles – it should keep you full for a few hours – or would you spend it on a bag of glue that would keep you full for days?’” recalled Mr Tay.

“His reply shocked us to the core.”

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青年上网自学 为客工免费理发

蔡引舟自学理发技术为客工和低收入的年长者免费理发,同时希望能促进新加坡人与客工的交流。(何家俊摄)

蔡引舟五年前与一名客工交谈,得知对方为寄钱回家,即使头发过长也不剪。于是,他决定发起后巷理发计划,吸引不少客工光顾。如今计划扩大,25名志愿者每月轮流到客工宿舍和疗养院提供免费理发服务。

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Children of northern Mexico given a new lease on life

“My name is Priscila,” the letter begins. “And I am nine years old. I have suffered a lot. I thought being with my mother that everything would be different, but no …

“From the time I returned to her, she would spank me and scold me, because I don’t know when to go to the bathroom. Since the abuse, I have no feeling. My maternal grandmother hates me. I think everyone wants to do me harm.”

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‘When I saw this innocent baby facing death, I knew I had to do something’

Looking at her three-year-old son, Ms Lau sobbed silently as she left home to save another boy’s life, fully aware that she might never get to see her own child again if the operation went awry.

Ms Lau, 32, did not hesitate at all when she saw an online appeal for a liver donor for six-month-old Jayden Chong.

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夜间看护者

符传德三年前开始成为新加坡国立大学医院的义工。(新加坡国立大学医学院提供)

为了在每星期五到医院陪伴病人,符传德选择在星期四晚上与亲友相聚。遇到无法改期的聚会,他会提早离开,只为赶去医院当义工。

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Rohingya babies born of rape

Aid workers are scouring the world’s largest refugee camp for pregnant Rohingya rape victims, with a rush of births anticipated nine months after Myanmar forces unleashed “a frenzy of sexual violence” against women and girls from the Muslim minority.

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