On 8 Nov 2012, I left Cambodia after spending 3 days with the people in the small town of Sisophon, 2 hours drive from Siem Reap. It was my first trip to Land of the Khmers. A country so bent on leaving an impression on me that upon my departure, flashed a rainbow in the sky, bidding farewell yet reminding me that I haven’t seen my day in the sun yet. [Read more…]
Trek For Hope is returning to Philippines next year 18 to 23 March. This time we will be spending 4D 3N at the scenic and culturally rich town of Sagada, followed by a 1D community programme with Ivan & Maureen at old Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Philippines.
“People don’t take trips, trips take people”
It is heartening to know that 5 months since our inaugural Trek for Hope trip – climbing Mount Pulag and visitation to the New Smokey Mountain in the Philippines, memories are still fresh in the minds of the participants and the impact of this trip has been far reaching. Besides sharing their photos on social media, we also know of participants sharing their personal experiences during companies’ informal meetings and some even conducting fund raising for the people of New Smokey Mountain.
In the latest release of the Law Gazette – an official publication of the Law Society, Noah Chan, a dear participant of the TFH team, shares his experiences from the trip with the legal fraternity of Singapore. [Read more…]
It is with a heavy, yet hopeful heart that I share this news with you. The demolition of New Smokey Mountain has begun, leaving less than 10% of the homes that were once there. There were often 2 or even 3 families living in each home, so the displacement of people is very discouraging. Many are homeless right now. [Read more…]
One of the most profound pieces of news came my way this week and I feel like I must provide my opinion on it. Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC Mr Ang Wei Neng said in Parliament that field trips abroad would help the youth in the country better appreciate the success Singapore has experienced. The feeling is that today’s youth have a sense of entitlement and don’t truly value the concept of a life that includes helping others. (link here)
“Instead of city lights, the students would enjoy a beautiful sky full of stars,” he said. “Instead of air-conditioning, students would enjoy the fresh morning dew. Instead of morning traffic noise, the students would enjoy the sound of singing birds. After going through the relatively tough field trip, the students will hopefully appreciate the infrastructure in Singapore better.” [Read more…]
Here are 2 videos created by TS Chua, who is also the founder of meetup group Singapore Adventurous Nature Lovers. Chua, who attended the trip in March 2014, shares with us the highlights of the Mt Pulag trek and New Smokey Mountain visit from his perspective.
We all know poverty exists
We read in the media
But we choose to forget poverty
Because no one likes unpleasant things
Steppin’ out of our little bubble
Into the slums of a beautiful island
Dumps and sewers
Are unexpectedly homes
For hundreds [Read more…]
Having taken many travelled paths over the years and I’ve been fortunate enough to explore many regions of this great planet of ours. In all of my travels, however, I’ve been struck by one reoccurring theme: there are hungry people everywhere. In Singapore alone, the poverty rate was 26% in 2011, the last year that this information was released.
In the United States, 1 in 5 children reportedly don’t get enough to eat. There are 5 million people in the United Kingdom who live in absolutely poverty. These aren’t developing nations that are struggling with chronic hunger. We are the developed world, yet we are unable to care for the needy amongst us, let alone those worldwide who earn less than $2 per day.
Yet the world produces more calories than all of humanity needs every day.
You read that right. There is enough food grown every day around the world where not a single person would ever need to be hungry again. Yet 17% of the people in the world consume 80% of the world’s resources! That’s why when we talk about things that need to be wrapped up, at the very start of my list is chronic hunger. [Read more…]