Just Do Lah!

Stories of Singaporeans who see the needs of others and and are doing something about it, be it here at home or across Asia. Delve into their “Just Do Lah” grit.

Visually-impaired chefs dream of opening a cafe

Many think that it is impossible to cook if one cannot see. The visually-impaired chefs at Fortitude Culina prove them wrong.

06 Oct 2021 4-minute read

Impart-ing a Life Worth Living

Empowering youths to support each other in overcoming life’s challenges.

08 Sep 2021 4-minute read

Sanctuary Care: A safe space for kids, a respite for parents

Through Sanctuary Care, a mother finds respite and healing to become a better parent.

18 Aug 2021 3-minute read

Old is gold: Champs give back

Singaporean seniors support hospital’s healthcare programme.

21 Jul 2021 5-minute read

Compassion in a crisis: Singaporeans with a big heart

This National Day, we celebrate Singaporeans who stand in solidarity with their international friends amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

03 Mar 2021 6-minute read

Human-macaque conflict takes two hands to clap

As conflicts between humans and macaques increase, ACRES is working towards creating a compassionate society that lives in coexistence with wildlife.

20 Jan 2021 4-minute read

Beacon of hope in Myanmar

Zaw Mar Wu’s future shines bright with the help of Global Village of Hope who believes in the power of education.

17 Feb 2021 4-minute read

Bringing ‘Dad-dication’ to parenting

When a community of dads come together, the lives of families get uplifted.

25 Nov 2020 6-minute read

Dear NeW-I, my child has a chronic illness...

The NeW-I app offers a safe space for parents of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses to process their journey

07 Oct 2020 6-minute read

Compassion Fatigue: A mental health caregiver's story

Through an NGO for mental health caregivers, a group of them finds solidarity and support by sharing their journey publicly for the first time.

06 Aug 2020 6-minute read

With GoodHood, kampung spirit is only a tap away

The GoodHood app turns online communities into real-life friends.

31 Jul 2020 10-minute read

Unstoppable in a crisis: Singaporeans doing good

At home and abroad, they continue to build solidarity with international communities during the pandemic.

27 Jul 2020 9-minute read

Four Singaporeans, one united purpose

In the midst of a pandemic, these individuals stay true to their calling to help those in need, at home and abroad.

20 May 2020 4-minute read

SilverGood - bringing online cheer to the elderly

Seniors having fun and making friends digitally during COVID-19

22 Apr 2020 5-minute read

#OpsRoofUp - a lifeline to others and oneself

From struggle to strength, one Singaporean entrepreneur turns a personal crisis into public good during COVID-19.

12 Dec 2019 5-minute read

A class act for migrant workers

Six years. 7,500 students. SDI is on a mission to future-proof vulnerable communities through affordable education.

07 Oct 2019 5-minute read

It wasn’t just me — a journey from hopeless to hopeful

Struggling with mental health? Over The Rainbow makes sure you never walk alone.

07 Oct 2019 5-minute read

Rediscovering life in death

Their kids took their own lives, but these bereaved mothers have turned grief into support for other youth living with mental illness in Singapore.

23 Aug 2019 4-minute read

Young and pregnant? These Babes got you

Babes is a non-profit that helps teens cope with unexpected pregnancies

22 Jul 2019 3-minute read

A labour of love for our silent workforce

This National Day, we celebrate those who strive to improve the lives of low-wage migrant workers who help build our city.

31 Jul 2019 4-minute read

Friendships shaped by a pair of scissors

Free haircuts start conversations with the marginalised and poor.

31 Jul 2019 3-minute read

A cultural space for migrant workers? Hit play

At Dibashram, the day’s toil falls away, and poets and musicians emerge.

31 Jul 2019 3-minute read

When the best medicine is to serve

HealthServe makes sure that sick or injured workers always have a place to go.

31 Jul 2019 4-minute read

Seeking shelter, they found HOME

Since 2004, HOME has helped thousands of migrant workers in Singapore seek redress when things go awry.

31 Jul 2019 2-minute read

Bringing the spirit of community to our migrants

Project Chulia Street promises food, fun and friendships at fiestas held at workers’ dormitories.

18 May 2019 4-minute read

Rebuilding a community starts at home

Residents resettled into block 52 Cassia Crescent find solace and support from volunteers of the Cassia Resettlement Team.

04 Apr 2019 3-minute read

A friend for life and death

Elderly living alone find peace in Tommy’s promise to fulfil their last rites

07 Mar 2019 3-minute read

Shattering the barriers that silence us

Living with tinnitus can deafen the world around you, but for Grace, it has heightened her sensitivity to disability

26 Jul 2018 2-minute read

Creating change? It takes a community

This National Day, we celebrate Singaporeans who make it possible to give back together — for greater good.

19 Sep 2018 4-minute read

Have dementia? Don’t forget to dance

Her mother may forget, but at Memories Cafe, she makes new memories for the both of them.

12 Sep 2018 4-minute read

Unearthing future leaders in rural Myanmar

Young minds sparkle, as a local and Singaporean spread the joy of education to kids from poor families.

25 Jul 2018 2-minute read

Meet the man whose light keeps shining brighter

Social entrepreneur inspires the young to “dream bigger”.

18 Jul 2018 3-minute read

Friends doing good, across borders

A Filipino and Singaporean giving abandoned and orphaned kids a better life.   

11 Jul 2018 3-minute read

The only silicone cup a woman needs

Freedom Cups provides women with an eco-friendly, sustainable and hygienic option to manage their periods.

09 May 2018 3-minute read

How can a mother behind bars bond with her child?

New Life Stories is giving imprisoned mothers a chance to connect with their children — through storytelling.

25 Apr 2018 5-minute read

Hold their paws, and they will hold your heart

These animal lovers show us what it means to love unconditionally; by rescuing, adopting, fostering and feeding our furry friends.

17 Apr 2018 3-minute read

Free food for the community, by the community

Can free meals for those in need build stronger communities? Free Food for All believes so.  

07 Mar 2018 2-minute read

A baby’s last moments, wrapped in love

These women transform wedding gowns into clothing for a baby’s last rites.  

31 Jan 2018 2-minute read

Their music turns strangers into friends

Volunteer Guitar Connection is strumming away the blues, one song at a time.

25 Sep 2017 2-minute read

The 2-year phone conversation that changed her life

A helpline caller searches for her phone counsellor 20 years later to thank him in person. Showing us how the words we offer can warm the soul, continue to resonate, and take root in others many years after.

12 Sep 2017 2-minute read

A young caregiver’s raw words to her father with Alzheimer’s

No one taught Melissa how to feel when she watched her dad slowly slip away. Now, she shares her memories to inspire other young caregivers in their journey with dementia.

28 Jul 2017 2-minute read

With love, from Singapore

In celebration of all Singaporeans who have inspired us to give back with love, at home and beyond.

10 May 2017 2-minute read

A single love that will fight for family

Family means different things to different people. A single mother shows us its worth in gold.

04 Apr 2017 2-minute read

Do you judge when you see a child on the floor, screaming?

Singapore actor, Adrian Pang shares what he learnt on autism and what it means to us as a society.

04 Apr 2017 3-minute read

What this father dreams for his autistic son

Photographer, Bob Lee, freeze frames his days of raising a son with autism so that we can understand.

08 Mar 2017 2-minute read

Her best chance out from being trafficked is you

Lilis’ story could happen in any Singapore neighbourhood. Learning to recognise the signs of exploitation could spur you to help.

17 Jan 2017 2-minute read

The one way this Singapore gardener knows to help

“When you do something that has meaning to you, you don’t have time to think about pain.”

26 Sep 2016 2-minute read

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.

12 Dec 2016 2-minute read

Why belly rubs can be the best therapy

Telly the therapy dog shows these youth how to trust and be trustworthy.

06 Sep 2016 1-minute read

'The frosting is green!'

A boy's generous heart and humorous wit helps his family to live as normal a life as possible with an incurable rare disease.

29 Jul 2016 2-minute read

This doctor orders you to laugh, cry and sing

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

01 Jun 2016 1-minute read

The deaf can teach you to listen better

Connect through the language of silence, over a cup of tea. 

25 Apr 2016 2-minute read

Cycling with Aunty Annie

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

27 Jan 2016 2-minute read

Battling cancer with style

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

15 Sep 2015 2-minute read

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.

21 Jul 2015 4-minute read

In his teacher's footsteps

A trip to Nepal makes such an impression on a teenager, he goes on to scale Everest and raise funds for the school he volunteered at.

21 Jul 2015 1-minute read

Seeing through the lens of good

How can a film help build a house? These youths show us.

07 Jul 2015 2-minute read

Confronting death with pets, music and good hair

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

20 May 2015 2-minute read

Friendship, family and fulfilment

What one family gained from a year volunteering together in Timor-Leste.

19 Mar 2015 3-minute read

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.

29 Dec 2014 2-minute read

It wasn't that hard to be friends

Senthil and Sok Hwee: an uncommon friendship that helped a migrant worker feel at home in a foreign land.

25 Nov 2014 2-minute read

The fear to volunteer

Honest views from regular people on commitment, working with strangers and whether volunteering is even useful.

19 Nov 2014 1-minute read

Grandma's got the zumba moves

Find out what gets granddad out of his wheelchair and moving his feet.

30 Oct 2014 2-minute read

For sharks' sake, take a vacation

Help fishermen and sharks just by exploring secret beaches and enjoying pristine snorkelling sites? Yes, please.

01 Sep 2014 4-minute read

Lost her voice and found her song

Crystal thought she’d lost it forever. What the singer did in response made her stop seeing herself as a victim.

12 Aug 2014 2-minute read

Crutches can't stop her from...

Entrepreneur with cerebral palsy: "My booth is special because I'm helping someone else too."

05 Aug 2014 2-minute read

Gangster, addict, dancing queen

She's got a secret weapon to reach troubled youth.

23 May 2014 2-minute read

'Football really changed my life'

Tough footballers who give everything on the field inspire others with cerebral palsy to join them.

26 Mar 2014 2-minute read

Cleaning up like a boss

Business school for domestic workers helps them become entrepreneurs.

18 Feb 2014 2-minute read

'I'm not here to change the world'

How can cool recycled bags keep women from selling their children?

04 Feb 2014 2-minute read

A run like no other

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

09 Jan 2014 1-minute read

Why these kids love school

Every child known deeply and loved tops syllabus.

13 Dec 2013 2-minute read

Mothers light up Indonesia

Empowered women in Indonesian island communities bring light to lives. 

11 Oct 2013 2-minute read

Feeding thousands in Singapore

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

10 Oct 2013 2-minute read

Seeing to their future

Two mothers go beyond helping their children with low vision.

30 Aug 2013 2-minute read

Kitchen of cheer

A piano teacher's defining moment on the streets of Siem Reap.

02 Jan 2013 30-minute read

Fluking around India

Find out more about the charities Renyung and Adrien are supporting and how to get involved.

09 Nov 2012 2-minute read

Lending a broken hand

A teacher volunteers to help children from slums and learns so much from them along the way.

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