Today, as part of our ArtScience project, I headed down to Hope House to know more about them, as well as what spurs them to continue their mission.
Before I talk about them, I would like to talk about our ArtScience project. This year’s theme is Energy For The Future, and our group has decided to embark on a different and unique course – spiritual/positive energy. Hence, we decided to research on what do positive energy mean to different groups of people. Hence, we visited Hope House.
Hope House is a shelter for youths aged from 17-21. They have committed an offence before, but not so major for them to enter jail. Some of these boys are unfortunately abandoned by society and their family, hence they come to Hope House where they are cared for, and most importantly, given a second chance.
I guess finding out about positive energy from Hope House is a very beneficial thing to do. I mean, we do not volunteer or donate to them, but we spread the word about them. From this experience, I learnt why do people volunteer, what these boys go through and what do other people think about them.
People volunteer here because they have a passion for volunteering. They see that others are worse off than them, hence they help them in any way they can. Sure, volunteers don’t receive any pay and have to contribute countless hours, but I guess to them every minute of volunteering. To them, positive energy is their passion to volunteer, and the effect their actions make on the boys.
One thing that struck me most about these boys, is that they put their past behind, and go the extra mile when doing their work. For example, Hope House make several hundred loaves of bread every last Friday of the month for hundreds of foreign workers in Singapore, and distribute the bread to them for free. At first, they aim to make only 400. However, in the end, they make over 800 loaves. They don’t bake these loaves because they have to or because they have nothing better to do, but they make it because they see that these foreign workers are living in worse off situations than them, hence they do whatever they can to improve their livelihood. They work together as a community, and encourage one another to put in more effort than necessary. That isn’t just amazing. That’s leadership. Leadership from people that many in the society disregard because they committed a crime.
I guess my visit, in itself, can be considered positive energy. After reading this, I’m sure you have hope in people. This energy being radiated from others to yourself. And this energy is the energy of the future. The passion, the motivation, and the hope these people give. Best of all, this energy is doable by everyone, it is within everyone, and it touches everyone.