Our Better World tells compelling stories of people doing good all over Asia to inspire action for a better world.

At Our Better World, our goal is to inspire you, through stories, to take action.
Because every action has an impact on someone.
Here’s how you showed you cared in 2021, and the difference it made.

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AT A GLANCE

We told

26 stories

across

9 causes

which led to

416,080
inspired actions.

CONTENT SERIES

Our series are themed around specific causes. Here’s what you thought about them.

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STORIES (Non-Series)

Stories have the power to move people. Here’s how you felt about people making a difference in Asia.

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TESTIMONIALS

Our impact storytelling is fuelled by your feedback. Here are a few reviews that have warmed our hearts.

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Thanks for creating a positive impact with us in 2021!
Let’s keep making a difference in 2022!

AT A GLANCE

Stories of people helping the marginalised, saving the endangered, protecting the vulnerable, eradicating stigma and advocating for the underprivileged.

With your help

WE GARNERED

we garnered

28,307,522

online views

across all platforms

INSPIRED

inspired

416,080

actions

through shares, comments, visits to related websites and story actions (volunteer, donate or support for featured causes)

BUILT A COMMUNITY OF

with

775,705

in our community

social media followers, newsletter subscribers and account holders

We brought the community together with 5 virtual events

Here’s what you said in our 2021 community survey

After viewing our stories

became more aware of people
doing good in Asia

felt inspired to contribute to
social causes

took action

The mix of actions you took

51%

shared our stories with others

45%

learnt more about featured causes

40%

recommended that others join our community

17%

collaborated with us

16%

volunteered for featured causes

14%

pitched a story to us

12%

donated to featured causes

Some comments from our community:

"I'm very impressed with the kind of stories you feature, the areas your correspondents/contributors focus on pertain to burning global affairs. The stories are hard-hitting and address the audience in an informal, friendly manner. The topics deal with issues that impact people cutting across borders and countries. You encourage readers' involvement and that's very heartening and encouraging."

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- Shuvra Dey

"Congratulations on your success. Your continuous hard work and clarity of vision to create a better world is a true inspiration and guidance for people to rethink societal values, share common goals and move to action for a Better World."

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- Angelina Carpio-Reyes

"Kudos to OBW! You are doing great work, keep it up. Continue to inspire and educate us with your valuable and unique stories which are truly Asian. May you continue to do good for humanity. You uplift our spirits, make us reflect on out-of-the-box possibilities, and urge us to act. Keep on inspiring us!"

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- Genevieve Balance Kupang

Survey results from 418 respondents

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CONTENT SERIES

In 2021, our content series focused on wildlife, refugees and mental health. Each series was a collection of stories that delved deep into a particular theme.

A Wild Life

Human-Wildlife Conflict

4,465,152
online views

10,206
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

Stories on how conservationists in Asia are finding solutions towards peaceful human-wildlife coexistence.

Our Impact

S$2,631

donations

219

downloads*

132

volunteers

*Refers to a downloadable resource booklet on the myths of leopards

After viewing our stories,

say they are better aware of the dangers wildlife face 

care more about wildlife

are more inclined to do their part to coexist harmoniously with wildlife

Survey results from 316 website and event respondents

Refugees

Displaced, Not Discouraged

3,256,606
online views

6,728
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

Stories about refugees in Asia finding ways to thrive as they await resettlement, and the communities helping them.

Our Impact

S$265

donations

137

volunteers

40

supporters*

*Refers to employment partners & programme sponsors

After viewing our stories,

think the stories will create awareness for refugees

say the stories helped them better understand refugees

are more inclined to help refugees

Survey results from 149 website and event respondents

Mental Health

Silent No More - Giving Voice to Mental Health

4,791,873
online views

14,587
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

A series of stories about suicide in Asia that breaks the silence and stigma around it.

Our Impact

256

enquiries

145

volunteers

52

letters*

*Refers to letter of hope people wrote to their future selves

After viewing our stories,

say the stories helped them better understand people affected by suicide

feel more open to talk about suicide and want to help reduce its stigma

are more inclined to reach out and support those affected by suicide

Survey results from 69 website and event respondents

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STORIES (Non-Series)

We selected 5 stories as examples of how
our storytelling has made a difference
in the region.

Human-macaque conflict takes two hands to clap

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)

721,024
online views

2,661
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

Long-tailed macaques have a ‘bad rep’ in Singapore and non-profit ACRES is working to help the public understand the primates’ behaviours and their role in creating balance in our ecosystem.

Our Impact

S$2,631

donations

132

volunteers

As the most trafficked mammal on the planet, pangolins face the threat of extinction. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife protects, rescues and rehabilitates pangolins so that these prehistoric creatures do not have to be history

Opening up the door of hope for refugees in Malaysia

Open Door Policy

Opening up the door of hope for refugees in Malaysia

690,513
online views

797
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

Refugees Ali and Ekhlas might be in limbo, but they wake up every day with purpose and drive because they have jobs. Thanks to Open Door Policy, a non-profit that trains and mentors refugees for online remote work.

Our Impact

34

volunteers from 9 countries

40

supporters*

*Refers to employment partners & programme sponsors

When Singapore went into lockdown, social entrepreneur Delane founded #OpsRoofUp to provide food to the vulnerable and support the livelihoods of taxi drivers by hiring them to deliver the food.

In Indonesia, refugee sisters are doing it for themselves

Sisterhood Community Center (SCC)

In Indonesia, refugee sisters are doing it for themselves

1,148,181
online views

1,080
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

A community built by refugee women for refugee women. Sisterhood Community Center ensures each other’s well-being while providing skills-based programmes to motivate them to look forward to their future.

Our Impact

S$265

donations

95

volunteers

A group of college graduates in Manila saw the need to protect a different kind of frontliner — waste collectors (basureros). They started Baon Para Sa BasuHero to raise funds for their needs.

Supporting the weavers of Luisiana with a basket of bread

MARIA’S KITCHEN

Supporting the weavers of Luisiana with a basket of bread

1,600,518
online views

4,398
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

Maria’s Kitchen, a bakery in the Philippines, sells baked goods but packages them in biodegradable boxes made of pandan leaves.  Handwoven by traditional weavers, this provides a livelihood to these weavers in tough Covid times. 

Our Impact

1,510

pandan baskets orders

Refugees need mental healthcare to heal from trauma. Health Equity Initiatives (HEI) in Malaysia works with volunteers within the refugee community to provide mental health services to one another.

To Those Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide — We Hear You

We Hear You

To Those Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide — We Hear You

606,300
online views

746
actions inspired Through shares, comments and story actions (volunteer, donate or support)

When you lose someone to suicide, it’s a different kind of grieving. We Hear You, a free support group in India is helping this group of people process their feelings, feel less alone, and come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.

Our Impact

229

queries for suicide first responder training 

27

queries for suicide survivors support group

Caregivers of persons with mental illness are burdened too by the stigma around mental health. Caregivers Alliance Limited in Singapore provides support for caregivers to care for themselves.

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Testimonials

Feedback is our fuel! Here are some responses about our stories and events that have inspired us, and helped us do better.

Reviews - For Stories

It is the people whose stories we tell that are at the heart of our work. We are humbled by their trust in us.

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I enjoyed working with OBW. Committed team, and they took tough feedback well, making changes to the story as needed.

Sanjay Sondhi Founder, Titli Trust

I love this team. Full of respect and caring for personal privacy.

Warsan

It was an amazing and friendly environment working with OBW. It taught me a lot and gave me encouragement to stay strong with what I’m doing as a displaced woman here.

Nimo Adam Co-Founder, Sisterhood Community Center

OBW went above and beyond for us - involving community members in interviews and even fixing our long standing tech problems on our social media which we otherwise would have not even noticed.

Daniel Toh Founder, Native

Working with OBW has been a great experience! Professional, dedicated team members who made this a fun and successful collaboration.

David Owen Project Manager, Bring the Elephant Home

A genuine and down to earth experience! A big team with a big footprint!

Katrina Too Founder, Open Door Policy

Reviews - For Events

In 2021, we gathered the community through 5 virtual events around our stories on wildlife, refugees and mental health. Here’s what you shared about these events.

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Story Circle - May 2021

Story Circle - Refugee Learning Center

A conversation on the friendship of hope between the founder and the principal of Refugee Learning Center.

Here’s what our attendees said

“I’ve seen/heard news about refugees before. Mostly outside South East Asia. But I’ve never really taken actions to help them. OBW brought their story and plight closer to home. Thank you OBW, Singapore.”

Owen Viloria

“It offers insights to the lives of refugees and what they do to support their communities. It presents alternative narratives vs mainstream motions of refugees as lacking agency/ disempowered.”

Mathilda Ho

Story Circle - September 2021

Story Circle - Impact Storytelling: Giving Voice to Mental Health

A panel discussion with 3 filmmakers on how they shot our Mental Health stories, and how it affected them.

Here’s what our attendees said

“Authentic sharing session on how to produce stories that are thoughtful, respectful and impactful. Mental health is not always obvious to people on the outside. It can be a deep struggle for people experiencing it or for those who know someone experiencing it. We can all be more kind and respectful towards strangers and even people close to us.”

Fion Chua

“Thank you to Our Better World for putting the spotlight on mental health. It is so important, especially with this ongoing pandemic. Continuous and persistent effort is definitely needed in removing or at least further reducing the stigma towards mental health conditions. This event has opened up even more avenues for me in terms of connecting with like-minded people. The chat box was so lively! I am all the more motivated to continue advocating for mental health.”

Rosalind Loy

Story Talk - April 2021

Story Talk - Human-Wildlife Conflict

A panel discussion on how humans can coexist with wildlife.

Here’s what our attendees said

“The panelists were very informative. I got to know more about why the conflict exists and what are the workable solutions to exist in harmony.”

Manisha Soti

“The selection of stories. They were different in the types of human-wildlife conflict encountered, but at the heart of it had one thing in common, hope that human-wildlife co-existence is possible and can be achieved peacefully through community engagement and empowerment.”

Khartika Sharif

Story Talk - July 2021

Story Talk - Refugees: Displaced, Not Discouraged

A panel discussion on what we can do to help refugees now.

Here’s what our attendees said

“Our Better World, Singapore has helped me to shape awareness of refugee communities to help them and share knowledge and understanding of their conditions.”

Fauziah Rachmadyta

“So professionally presented and organised. Very well structured too. By sharing the stories I have come away feeling better informed and inspired.”

Mary Gilleese

Story Talk - November 2021

Story Talk - Let’s Talk About Suicide

A panel discussion with suicide attempt survivors, those helping youths with suicide ideation and one who’s lost a loved one to suicide.

Here’s what our attendees said

“I've learned that suicide is very preventable and must be an issue that can be talked about without the fear of shame and stigma. As a society we need to work harder and focus on lending a helping hand instead.”

Anonymous

“OBW has made a courageous attempt to talk about a taboo topic in many societies, but one that some really need help on; and provided a safe platform to learn more about it from different perspectives. Even provided helplines/ resources available in the different countries! Kudos OBW on a great job!”

Lynette T.

Story Talk - April 2021

Story Talk - Human-Wildlife Conflict

A panel discussion on how humans can coexist with wildlife.

Here’s what our attendees said

“The panelists were very informative. I got to know more about why the conflict exists and what are the workable solutions to exist in harmony.”

Manisha Soti

“The selection of stories. They were different in the types of human-wildlife conflict encountered, but at the heart of it had one thing in common, hope that human-wildlife co-existence is possible and can be achieved peacefully through community engagement and empowerment.”

Khartika Sharif

Story Circle - May 2021

Story Circle - Refugee Learning Center

A conversation on the friendship of hope between the founder and the principal of Refugee Learning Center.

Here’s what our attendees said

“I’ve seen/heard news about refugees before. Mostly outside South East Asia. But I’ve never really taken actions to help them. OBW brought their story and plight closer to home. Thank you OBW, Singapore.”

Owen Viloria

“It offers insights to the lives of refugees and what they do to support their communities. It presents alternative narratives vs mainstream motions of refugees as lacking agency/ disempowered.”

Mathilda Ho

Story Talk - July 2021

Story Talk - Refugees: Displaced, Not Discouraged

A panel discussion on what we can do to help refugees now

Here’s what our attendees said

“Our Better World, Singapore has helped me to shape awareness of refugee communities to help them and share knowledge and understanding of their conditions.”

Fauziah Rachmadyta

“So professionally presented and organised. Very well structured too. By sharing the stories I have come away feeling better informed and inspired.”

Mary Gilleese

Story Circle - September 2021

Story Circle - Impact Storytelling: Giving Voice to Mental Health

A panel discussion with 3 filmmakers on how they shot our Mental Health stories, and how it affected them.

Here’s what our attendees said

“Authentic sharing session on how to produce stories that are thoughtful, respectful and impactful. Mental health is not always obvious to people on the outside. It can be a deep struggle for people experiencing it or for those who know someone experiencing it. We can all be more kind and respectful towards strangers and even people close to us.”

Fion Chua

“Thank you to Our Better World for putting the spotlight on mental health. It is so important, especially with this ongoing pandemic. Continuous and persistent effort is definitely needed in removing or at least further reducing the stigma towards mental health conditions. This event has opened up even more avenues for me in terms of connecting with like-minded people. The chat box was so lively! I am all the more motivated to continue advocating for mental health.”

Rosalind Loy

Story Talk - November 2021

Story Talk - Let’s Talk About Suicide

A panel discussion with suicide attempt survivors, those helping youths with suicide ideation and one who’s lost a loved one to suicide.

Here’s what our attendees said

“I've learned that suicide is very preventable and must be an issue that can be talked about without the fear of shame and stigma. As a society we need to work harder and focus on lending a helping hand instead.”

Anonymous

“OBW has made a courageous attempt to talk about a taboo topic in many societies, but one that some really need help on; and provided a safe platform to learn more about it from different perspectives. Even provided helplines/ resources available in the different countries! Kudos OBW on a great job!”

Lynette T.

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Shorty Social Good Awards

Shorty Awards is one of the world’s leading awards honouring the best people and organisations on social media. It recognises a brand or a non-profit’s excellence in running a social good campaign on social media and digital.

A Wild Life was a finalist in the Animal & Wildlife Category, that honours a programme, project, or initiative executed to promote, protect, and defend wild and domestic animals.

Shorty Impact Awards

Our mental health series for 2020 that focused on caregivers of people with mental illness was 1 of only 4 shortlisted entries from around the world and the only 1 from Asia in the Mental Health category in the 2021 Shorty Impact Awards.

The Shorty Impact Awards is an international awards program that raises global awareness on the positive impact that brands, agencies and nonprofits can have on society, through social media.

Social Impact Media Awards

One of our stories in our 2019 Mental Health series was a finalist in the Impact Video Category of the 2021 Social Impact Media Awards.

Is Different Crazy? is one of 40 stories from 20 countries that made it to the finals. It’s the story of a man’s decade-long struggle with schizophrenia and the community that helped him get his life back.

SIMA honours eye-opening documentary filmmaking and XR/Interactive experiences that exemplify excellence in their potential to inspire social change.

Social Impact Media Awards

One of our stories in our 2019 Mental Health series was a finalist in the Impact Video Category of the 2021 Social Impact Media Awards.

Is Different Crazy? is one of 40 stories from 20 countries that made it to the finals. It’s the story of a man’s decade-long struggle with schizophrenia and the community that helped him get his life back.

SIMA honours eye-opening documentary filmmaking and XR/Interactive experiences that exemplify excellence in their potential to inspire social change.

Shorty Impact Awards

Our mental health series for 2020 that focused on caregivers of people with mental illness was 1 of only 4 shortlisted entries from around the world and the only 1 from Asia in the Mental Health category in the 2021 Shorty Impact Awards.

The Shorty Impact Awards is an international awards program that raises global awareness on the positive impact that brands, agencies and nonprofits can have on society, through social media.

Shorty Social Good Awards

Shorty Awards is one of the world’s leading awards honouring the best people and organisations on social media. It recognises a brand or a non-profit’s excellence in running a social good campaign on social media and digital.

#OpsRoofup was a finalist in the Poverty and Hunger Category, that honours a programme, project, or initiative that seeks to address a lack of food or shelter among individuals and communities.