Event Reflections

On 1 September, families and friends gathered at World Vision's annual Vision Fest which aimed to highlight the needs of children and communities living in extreme poverty. Following this year's theme, Small Act, Big Impact, Vision Fest had an exciting line up of programmes that catered to people of various interests who wanted to learn about how a small act can make a big impact in the life of another.

On 1-2 June 2018, four student leaders from Hougang Secondary School participated in the 30 Hour Famine Camp for the first time, and took on the Backpack Challenge to learn about the struggles experienced by children and families in fragile contexts affected by conflict, insecurity, and natural disasters. Here, they share their most memorable moments from the camp and the meaningful lessons that they came away with.

Based on my experience as a Famine Camper in 2013, and as a Famine Camp Leader in 2018, I would say that this year’s 30 Hour Famine Camp was by far the most challenging yet. But despite how arduous it was, the camp was also extremely meaningful in highlighting the plight of refugee children driven out of their home countries by conflict and persecution, as well as children displaced by natural disasters.

At the Youth For Change Conference, we got to sit next to humanitarian and development workers and annoy them with a dozen or so questions — even then, we only scratched the surface of their world. They deal with the most complex issues hindering life and happiness around the world, and for several days they were ours to pester and blew our minds.

Project HungerFree was held on 15 July 2017 at the Bukit Timah Campus of the National University of Singapore. It was a humanitarian-themed youth festival, complete with music performances and a documentary photography exhibition, which allowed students and young professionals to deepen their understanding about the challenges in the developing world.

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