The Worst of Times, The Best of Times
 

What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?

What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?

"A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow."
Leslie Dwight

 
2020 certainly has been a challenging year for all of us.

At Filos, we’ve had a front row view of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the vulnerable amongst us :

  • Families thrown in financial and food insecurity as jobs were lost
  • Seniors turning more frail physically and cognitively as safe distancing and lockdowns forced them into isolation in their homes
  • The digital divide growing with low income homes and IT challenged seniors left behind as life moved onto online transactions
  • Increasing conflicts in marital and parent-child relationships


Mental health issues triggered or existing ones exacerbated through the stresses of the pandemic.

YET….. it has been a tremendous year of opportunity:

  • Gifts, Rations and Funds poured in from individuals and corporate organisations who were moved to help those who were struggling with basic needs
  • Children found new ways to connect in online playgrounds and made new friends with volunteers who stepped in to engage them
  • Seniors grew in IT skills as they became more adept at connecting through online platforms
  • New volunteers came forward and ground up groups rallied together to help with the changing and pressing needs on the ground.
  • Elderly formed new friendships in the community as they stepped out of their homes for small group activities conducted safely at our centre.
  • Acts of Kindness flourished as neighbours reached out to help one another, sharing their rations with each other.

2020 forced us to grow. Painfully, but surely.

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone of you who have been part of this journey and growth as we weathered the storm of Covid-19 together. Your support through volunteerism, donations, partnerships and collaborations means so much to us and has been at the forefront of enabling us to achieve our mission of building resilience and empowering lives of individuals and families in the communities we serve.

Wishing all of you the rich blessings of Love, Joy and Hope of the Season,
as we all look forward to a better tomorrow, built on all our collective efforts in this current time. 

You can continue to support us by volunteering through this link:
https://www.filos.sg/volunteer

and giving through this link: 
https://www.giving.sg/web/filos-community-services

"2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
the most important year of them all."

 

Dr. Foo Fung Fong
Executive Director
Filos Community Services

International Grandparents day: Guardians of our tomorrow

22nd November is a day when we celebrate international Grandparents day. It is also a special occasion that commemorates the contributions that our grandparents and the elderly have done for the community and society. 

The significance of this day in Singapore is more momentous than ever with our social fabric and ageing population. The increasing pivotal role that the elderly citizens play in our society has been evolving over the years. They have walked a long journey thus far, contributing to the building blocks of this nation. Many of the Pioneer and Merdeka generation are caregivers of their grandchildren who are the future citizens of this country. Grandparents are truly the guardians of our tomorrow. 

In this tumultuous year plagued by uncertainties and fears around the world, the importance of family ties and kinship has shone brighter than before. Countless families were forced to be temporarily separated because of the pandemic. Thereafter, this longing to see our loved ones, that strong ambivalent emotion that comes from within, makes us appreciate the people around us even more. Absence truly makes the heart grow fonder.  

Here at Filos, we are doing our part to promote healthy and active ageing for seniors and grandparents so that they can continue to live productively in our society. Find out more about these programmes here https://www.filos.sg/services-eldercare

We want to take this opportunity to wish our grandparents and the elderly amongst us a truly Happy Grandparents Day!

May years be added to their lives and life added to their years!