I was given a newsletter by one of my staff because the front page article was about the elderly in Singapore. There were many numbers on the article, with the number 25,480 standing out for me. This is apparently the number of elderly living in one or two room rental flats in Singapore.
The numbers are important to me, because I have been trying to ascertain the scale of the problem of the elderly poor living in unacceptable condition in Singapore. We have been told by official authorities that there are 35,000 vulnerable elderly living in Singapore in 2013, and the number is projected to reach 83,000 by 2030. So it can be quite confusing what the exact number actually is.
However, one thing is for certain. We continue to see many cases of the elderly poor living in terrible condition every single week as we continue to send volunteers to clean up their houses. So no matter what the real number is, it would seem to me that we have our work cut out for us, and that the situation is very serious indeed.
Above: Youth@Homeworks team at Circuit Road with students from Insworld.
We believe that it is not enough that we keep cleaning the houses of the elderly poor. While we will continue to do the cleaning, we also want to ensure that we work towards making Singapore a place where elderly people are naturally respected and cared for. This is the reason why we launched Youth@Homeworks. We want to mobilise thousands of young people in Singapore to care for the elderly, so that in due time, we will have a truly caring society.
Above: Youth@Homeworks team at Toa Payoh with students from Science Computer-Based Learning Centre of NUS.
We have set up very successful campus chapters in the Singapore Management University and Raffles Institution (JC), and are working with SUTD and other educational institutions. We need like-minded volunteers to drive such a movement prayerfully at all the schools in Singapore.
Would you come alongside us for this audacious and noble goal? Contact us and let's change Singapore together!
Love, Joy Peace.
Yong Teck Meng
31st August 2014
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