Tag: Poverty

Avoid donating cooking oil, soy sauce or instant noodles to the needy – vouchers preferred, says volunteer group

Local welfare organisation ‘Keeping Hope Alive’, whose struggle is to provide the underprivileged with a better quality of life, suggested that people should have a greater awareness of the goods they donate, especially with food items. In a Facebook post on August 14, the organisation wrote,...

Elderly couple plead for single-sized mattress from welfare organization

An elderly couple who have no mattress to sleep on made an unusual request to a welfare organisation. They only want one single-sized mattress. Lee Siew Yian, a volunteer from welfare organization ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ wrote about the story of the elderly couple she came...

SDP’s Chee Soon Juan points out the state of homelessness and calls out PM Lee who said no one must be left behind

The Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party Dr Chee Soon Juan shared a video showing the vast number of homeless people in Singapore and called out Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for once stating that no one Singaporean should be left behind. In the video,...

Giving needs to become part of Singaporeans’ DNA—panel on privilege

Singapore— Everyone could give and do more for others was one of the conclusion of a panel discussion on how to get the wealthier in society to do their part in helping the poor. Members of the panel included Paulin Straughan, Singapore Management University Professor...

Nearly half of the California’s workers are dealing with poverty

A survey released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute paints a grim picture for those living in California. Not only it suggests the majority of residents do not believe the "California dream" is alive today, it also paints a picture of rising poverty among...

All the talk about social spending and subsidies but no word on poverty

By Augustine Low PM Lee Hsien Loong recently expressed concern about rising income inequality and in his Chinese New Year message he stressed the need to look after the elderly. Heng Swee Keat in his budget speech touched on tax hikes, social spending and subsidies...

Cool idea for a growing hot issue

In the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia, a man has put a refrigerator on the streets and called on his neighbours to donate their extra food. He told them so that the needy can eat without begging. I begin to wonder, if there is anyone...

Maids have dreams, don’t destroy them

Rebecca Bustamante was 19 when she came to Singapore. Her story started like those of the domestic helpers featured in The Sunday Times last week. They worked as maids in Singapore, while taking up courses during their days off. But she was exceptional. Today, turning 48...

Homelessness: 404 families and 565 individuals supported in the last three years

Singapore's ministry of social and family development (MSF) acknowledged providing shelter to the needy in the recent sitting of the country's Parliament Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in an oral reply to a question by member of Parliament for Aljunied Group...

MARUAH calls for bigger CPF payout

Human rights group, MARUAH, has called the government to increase CPF interest rates and its minimum retirement payout in the upcoming 2014 Budget Statement. The group wants the government launch a study to find out the minimum income required by Singaporeans for retirement and subsequently...