How honour makes trust possible

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“Prisoners who come out of prison are the most difficult group of people to reintegrate back into society.” Despite this bleak prospect, Anil David could not ignore the vision he had glimpsed while working in the prison-based call centre, and the aspiration he had – to help many others like himself. But how could he, an ‘unbankable’ ex-offender, get the capital to make his dream come true? This is the story of how honour – working hard to rebuild his integrity and to regain the trust of those around him – made the difference.

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In Honour of Children with Special Needs

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The worth of a child can never be measured by her grades, abilities, or achievements. Meet Sarah, the princess of her family. Meet her brother Shawn, who muses that “Perhaps, we are the special ones and she is the normal one.” Meet a family that embraces their special needs child as a special gift.

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In Honour of Teachers

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Having a teacher who believes in you is powerful and inspirational indeed – and no one knows this better than Jaryl Tay. In this short film, Jaryl recounts how he went from a rotten apple to a SEA Games gold medallist. Indeed, teachers have the power to make or break a life; such is their power to influence a child’s beliefs about himself. We honour you, teachers – as you, likewise, endeavour to honour the seeds of potential placed in your hands.

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In Honour of our National Athletes

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History was made at the Rio Olympics as Singapore won its first gold medal. Joseph Schooling has been widely celebrated, and rightly so. However, we would be missing the woods for the trees if we only celebrate the win. For every race in the public eye, our national athletes like Schooling clock thousands of hours of training – they fight through pain, fatigue, discouragement and injury behind the scenes. Hadrian Ro is one such athlete. And as a national student athlete who represents Singapore in canoeing, sporting glory comes at a heavy price as he juggles full-time studies with the demands of competing in the sporting arena….

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In Honour of Friendship

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As the saying goes, money can separate close friends – what more, strangers? A Bangladeshi migrant worker finds himself mired in debt after his brother, also a migrant worker, committed suicide. He is left shouldering the debt that his brother left behind. A kind stranger steps in to help, but his trust is tested each time as the migrant worker asks for yet another loan. Is he being taken for a ride? Or will their friendship find its footing despite their contrasting backgrounds, and transcend national, racial and religious lines? We’re happy to say that this true story has garnered over 230,000 views online. Why…

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To Dad with Love

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How does it feel to be the daughter of one of the Invisible People of Singapore? Nur Khairah, a young filmmaker, knows this bittersweet reality first-hand. She produced and co-wrote this true-to-life short film about her dad – one of the many silent heroes who work hard to keep Singapore moving. It is also a poignant reminder how disappointment and unmet expectations can threaten our relationships. How we respond in the face of disappointment can either break or break our closest ties. Choose love, always. We’re happy to say that this has become our most popular short film to date. Happy…

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Honouring a Pioneer

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We enjoy high-speed Internet connectivity today… but do you know the pioneers of Singapore’s telecoms industry? Meet 91-year-old Mr Sim Say Hai. A telecoms engineer since pre-Independence, he and his team established Singapore’s first satellite earth station on Sentosa. Watch his reaction as theatre actress Ethel Yap of Pangdemonium’s Tribes fame brings him on a walk down memory lane – to revisit the historic site. While there, she lets viewers in on a sweet surprise. In honour of our telecoms pioneers on World Telecommunications Day.

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We Honour You, Mums!

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“What would you say to your mum if you knew you won’t get to see her tomorrow?” That’s a sobering question we put to these mums and daughters (including a young cancer survivor). They thought they were coming for a high tea, but they got a whole lot more. Watch and see how these mums and daughters answer this question. The mother & daughter relationship can be a beautiful yet complex one. May this Mother’s Day give you opportunities for a new beginning; a fresh reboot in authentic conversations and the genuine connection that we all desire.  Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums – we…

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Honouring our Firefighters

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We have many silent heroes around us who keep us safe and sound, and we often take their efforts for granted. Today is International Firefighters Day. It is a fitting occasion to honour our firefighters, who are on duty around the clock to keep our homes and neighbourhoods safe. Watch on to see a day in the life of firefighter Israr, and how Honour Singapore teamed up with The Hidden Good to spring a surprise on him at Tampines Fire Station. Thank you, Firefighters! We honour you for the sacrifices you make to keep our nation safe.

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Explanatory Note Following Recent Comments on Honour (Singapore)

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[The following is a letter I have sent to donors and friends of Honour (Singapore).]   Dear Donors and Friends of Honour (Singapore), Yawning Bread, a social commentary website, published a blog on 1 April 2016 titled “Cup of honour runneth over.” The blog cast doubt on various aspects of Honour (Singapore), raising again presumed connections with FGB Singapore, and especially referencing our accounts which we recently published. I have been writing quarterly letters to you to keep you updated on what Honour (Singapore) has been doing, the latest letter having only just been sent on 1 April 2016. Nevertheless, I…

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