The pandemic has brought into the spotlight existential questions about life. We reflect on what matters to each of us as individuals, as part of local communities and as global citizens. What lessons have we learnt? What have we unknowingly taken for granted, and what will we never again, forget to appreciate and treasure? These reflections illuminate the possibility that there are indeed better ways of living and being. That we don’t have to return to the ‘world that was’, but rather, create a better one for all of us.
This National Day, as the world recovers from COVID-19, we check in with some of our past Singaporean story subjects who have been supporting our international friends, before and during the pandemic. We hear of their challenges over the past two years, their dreams, and visions for a kinder and better world for all people, in Singapore and beyond, and how we can, together, bring this world to life.
A better world and a brighter future where Ps Samuel Stephen and Siti Nurani can continue to befriend and support migrant and transient workers in Singapore, and where Alvin Yong, Thomas Wee and Rebecca Paranjothy can reconnect and help marginalised communities in countries like Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.
View their individual stories below to see the impact they are creating and how you can make a difference as well.
Happy National Day, Singapore.