News and Updates

We feature write-ups from supporters and staff who are hungry for change and want their voices to be heard.

The Rohingya refugees living in the world’s largest refugee camp in southern Bangladesh are fearful of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents want to keep their children safe from the deadly virus. But extreme overpopulation in the camp’s small area, inadequate knowledge about prevention and limited access to medical facilities make the refugees especially vulnerable to the virus.

Within Syria, 95% of people lack adequate healthcare and 70% lack regular access to clean water due to collapsed infrastructure. Half the children are out of school. Conflict has shattered the economy and 80% of the population now lives in povert

In times of crisis, child marriages spike. Desperate families sell their daughters into marriage just to survive. COVID-19 could see an extra 4 million girls become brides in the next 2 years. Benesh, just 14 years old, lives with her husband and son at a camp for internally displaced people in the Badghis province of Afghanistan.

A team of two lecturers and 24 students studying different courses at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) took part in a Youth Expedition Project (YEP) in Da Nang, Vietnam on 8-20 September 2019. This YEP was organised by NP’s Office of Service Learning (OSL) in conjunction with World Vision, and was the second in a series of Service-Learning trips that introduced students at NP to World Vision’s child-centred approach to sustainable development. The team shares some reflections and key takeaways from their experience. 

5 passionate students from National Junior College, Joyce Goh, Ker Jun Sheng, Vernice Teo, Allysa Tan and Xavier Cheah, started "Heartstrings in Taikkyi" - a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the needs of the community in Taikkyi, Myanmar. The team mounted a school-wide exhibition from 19 - 20 August 2019 to sensitise their peers to the educational and child protection needs in Taikkyi, and invited them to write letters of encouragement to the children and youth living there as a show of support.