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Ashima Thomas

Part of the pioneering group that grew OBW from just an idea, Ashima continues to regularly produce stories with us (and eat our chocolate). A former TV news journalist, she always says she has one of the best jobs in the world, because she gets to hang out with the passionate and dedicated unsung heroes in our stories. When not at her desk or chasing a story, she's underwater, diving with the fishes.

Educating the children of their tribes

This school gives them free access to education, food and shelter.

Educating the children of their tribes

This school gives them free access to education, food and shelter.

What happens when you stay in India with SaveAGram?

You’ll discover secret places only the villagers know.

What happens when you stay in India with SaveAGram?

You’ll discover secret places only the villagers know.

You can enjoy the magic of a simpler life

Rediscover life with rice. Be hosted by the warmth of Northern Thailand’s Karen Hilltribe for your next getaway.

You can enjoy the magic of a simpler life

Rediscover life with rice. Be hosted by the warmth of Northern Thailand’s Karen Hilltribe for your next getaway.

Does saying 'breast' actually make you feel shy?

How do you talk about breast cancer when you can't talk about breasts?

Does saying 'breast' actually make you feel shy?

How do you talk about breast cancer when you can't talk about breasts?

How a dog's belief in a child helped her believe too

It doesn't matter what your trouble is, Telly the therapy dog will listen without judging.

How a dog's belief in a child helped her believe too

It doesn't matter what your trouble is, Telly the therapy dog will listen without judging.

This doctor orders you to laugh, cry and sing

Clown doctors offer patients smiles to lift their spirits and compassion in their darkest moments.

This doctor orders you to laugh, cry and sing

Clown doctors offer patients smiles to lift their spirits and compassion in their darkest moments.

Cycling with Aunty Annie

A souped-up trishaw and an unlikely friendship = all kinds of happy.

Cycling with Aunty Annie

A souped-up trishaw and an unlikely friendship = all kinds of happy.

Standing tall in waters deep

Underwater and out of their wheelchairs, these persons with disabilities are free. They can't walk but they can dive, because in the water, we're all the same. 

Standing tall in waters deep

Underwater and out of their wheelchairs, these persons with disabilities are free. They can't walk but they can dive, because in the water, we're all the same. 

Battling cancer with style

A practical way to help cancer patients: give them the power of hair.

Battling cancer with style

A practical way to help cancer patients: give them the power of hair.

Your 'no big deal' gesture can save a life

Bone marrow donation sounds scary but it’s not. It’s as simple and safe as donating blood.

Your 'no big deal' gesture can save a life

Bone marrow donation sounds scary but it’s not. It’s as simple and safe as donating blood.

Confronting death with pets, music and good hair

Simple ways for you to help someone make the most of the moments he has left.

Confronting death with pets, music and good hair

Simple ways for you to help someone make the most of the moments he has left.

Close your eyes. Now let's play tennis

They've played tennis greats. Now they're aiming for the Paralympics. And yes, they're blind.

Close your eyes. Now let's play tennis

They've played tennis greats. Now they're aiming for the Paralympics. And yes, they're blind.

Standing on strangers' shoulders

What it means to have someone believe in you, believe that you can run with the best.

Standing on strangers' shoulders

What it means to have someone believe in you, believe that you can run with the best.

A run like no other

Running with a buddy takes on a whole new meaning at Runninghour.

A run like no other

Running with a buddy takes on a whole new meaning at Runninghour.

Why these kids love school

Every child known deeply and loved tops syllabus.

Why these kids love school

Every child known deeply and loved tops syllabus.

Mothers light up Indonesia

Empowered women in Indonesian island communities bring light to lives. 

Mothers light up Indonesia

Empowered women in Indonesian island communities bring light to lives. 

A journey to inspire

"In the ocean on the surfboard, I feel like I can jump."

A journey to inspire

"In the ocean on the surfboard, I feel like I can jump."

Feeding thousands in Singapore

What does it take to feed thousands of people in need every day?

Feeding thousands in Singapore

What does it take to feed thousands of people in need every day?

Celebrating their Singapore stories

Ordinary people quietly and diligently helping others at home and abroad.

Celebrating their Singapore stories

Ordinary people quietly and diligently helping others at home and abroad.

Why volunteer abroad?

First-time overseas volunteers share their questions, apprehensions and scepticism.

Why volunteer abroad?

First-time overseas volunteers share their questions, apprehensions and scepticism.

Deaf, loud and proud

Deaf percussionists drum up support so they can introduce deaf Cambodian children to music.

Deaf, loud and proud

Deaf percussionists drum up support so they can introduce deaf Cambodian children to music.

Blind runners back for more

Awesome athletes supporting sports for the blind.

Blind runners back for more

Awesome athletes supporting sports for the blind.

Playing tennis blind

Going entirely by the sound of the ball, these players have been smashing misconceptions about the blind.

Playing tennis blind

Going entirely by the sound of the ball, these players have been smashing misconceptions about the blind.