Providing support for the disadvantaged and vulnerable in society is one of MSF Singapore core areas of work, but our professionals cannot and should not do everything. Every one of us – government, corporations, VWOs/NPOs; professionals and volunteers; formal or informal groups – need to get involved. It is only when you’re emotionally invested and engaged, that we can build more caring communities and a better society.
Over the last week, I visited two volunteer organisations that have been partnering us in the work that we do over the years. Child at Street 11 aims to educate and help young children from low-income and dysfunctional families break out of the poverty cycle in one generation, while Daybreak Family Service Centre runs a variety of programmes for children, youth, elderly and families from low-income households. The work that they, and many other VWOs/NPOs do are important. If we can identify people who need help early and provide the necessary assistance upstream, we can provide a leg up for the vulnerable to progress in society.
And the wider community can play a part too. Step forward. Talk to these people. Try to understand them. And if you think they really are in need of assistance, let us know, so that we can render help.