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Tell your story; Join Our Better World’s Good Story Pitch

Are you pursuing social change in India? Point Blank 7 invites you to join Our Better World’s Good Story Pitch to get your story told. Why would you need your story told? Because Our Better World, which is the digital storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation, can professionally produce a video of your story and distribute it worldwide to ...

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Awesome Superheroes Give You the Power

“He really believes he is the Whisperer,” Lisa Sun says of her son, Benjamin. The seven-year-old used to be afraid to speak up. Now, “he is much braver and compassionate”, she says, adding that he “insists on helping with housework”. How did mild-mannered Benjamin become one of Singapore’s best-dressed superheroes? He and his classmates at a kindergarten were given a ...

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Cleaning up like a boss

Jeanilyn Bermudez is a domestic worker in Singapore. But back home in the Philippines, she’s the boss of a recycling business that’s giving others jobs and opportunity. It didn’t happen by chance. She went to business school – a business school for domestic workers. A mentor speaks I’ve been a volunteer mentor at Aidha for over two years now and it’s ...

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The Smiling Migrant Man

I first met Shabdar Ali at a Culture Kitchen event, where South Asian migrant workers and other Singapore residents gathered over a hearty meal of Briyani (flavoured rice dish). He came across as an unassuming and friendly person, and though I don’t quite remember what we spoke about, our brief conversation left me with a good impression of him. But ...

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Green Day at Indian Girls Shelter

It might be one of the most unique covers of a Green Day hit you’ll ever hear: young, at-risk girls from an Indian shelter singing Boulevard of Broken Dreams. “Many of these children have been abused or have suffered trauma. Music helps to engage them, it helps them to relax,” Faith Gonsalves, the founder of Music Basti, says. Volunteers from the non-profit ...

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LOOKING UP: Delhi’s godowns often employ children for various jobs, like this boy

A Shot In The Dark

Running away to New Delhi as an 11-year-old, with no one in the city he could call on, Vicky Roy had a life of street gangs, picking garbage and sleeping on train platforms to look forward to. Yet today, at 25, he is an accomplished photographer. Hard work, tenacity and a little bit of luck mark his unlikely journey. Vicky ...

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Gangster,Addict,Dancing Queen

See how a former gangster and drug addict changed her life, her children’s, as well as the lives of  young, “up-coming gangsters”. Her secret weapon to reach the troubled youth? – Dance.  That’s our kind of success story.  

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Unknown Faces

What happens to the destitute when they die? St. Joseph’s Hospice in India is an example of those who provide shelter, food, clothing, medical help and, when needed, last rites for the destitute, aged or mentally ill.    This video offers a glimpse.

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The Joy of Toys

Her Toy Story

Shweta Chari was having dinner with friends in 2004 when she shared an idea to create a place where children could play. Sharing that many children are forced to be labourers at an early age, sometimes in dangerous industries such as firecrackers, the electronics engineer wanted to help them regain their childhood. “Simple toys can make them children again,” says ...

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A Hope, A Path, A Dream

They Stopped to Listen to Street Kids

|Our Better World| Surrounded by poverty, a group of engineering students in Mumbai decide to meet a few of the thousands of street children in their city, to learn about their lives and hear their stories. They came across Salaam Baalak Trust, which helps street children with food, shelter, education and also offers friendship and a sense of belonging.

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