Lorraine

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LorraineOur Journey With Boys’ TownThe residential boys were helping us with some activities, and two of them did not see eye to eye and were arguing with each other. I had to ask the boy who started it to leave the room as he was disruptive. Later on, I had the chance to talk to him and got to know …

Umar

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UmarOur Journey With Boys’ TownI work with the residential boys who are away from home, are apart from their family and lack the people to help them go through Life. These children are victims of circumstance; they did not choose to be here, nor did they choose to go through those situations in their life. I recall a boy who …

Ziying

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ZiyingOur Journey With Boys’ TownAll the youths I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with and gotten to know, have shaped me as a youth worker and as a person. People may see the youths during their takraw games and find them rowdy or noisy, but we learn and see the discipline and sheer passion they have for the sport. …

Rajan

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Rajan MartinOur Journey With Boys’ TownI was a boy in Boys’ Town from 1963 to 1965. During my stay, there was never a day I found myself feeling lost or lonely, as I was cared for at all times. There was one occasion where I was in the dormitory and had high fever and was shivering non-stop. The other boys …

Sharina

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SharinaOur Journey With Boys’ TownChildren from disadvantaged families may have a later start than their peers and hence, they can be behind in their developmental growth. One particular foster child I work with started his fostering journey as a toddler with delayed speech and poor health, and behaviours that were difficult to manage. Whenever he was angry or upset, all …

Santhiran

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SanthiranOur Journey With Boys’ TownIn the first 3 days of this boy’s stay in Boys’ Town, he refused to eat any meals, refused to take medications, and refused to follow our programmes. I approached him to offer a cup of water, sat him down to have a chat and that’s when he started opening up to me. He was upset …

Benjamin

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BenjaminOur Journey With Boys’ TownAnger issues, anxiety, depression, verbalizing of suicidal thoughts – these are mental health issues in children and youths that I see more prevalent these days. Being a behavioural specialist, I work with clients who have difficulties with emotional management, poor social skills and behavioural challenges. There may be some who display acts of aggression such as …

Adrienne

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AdrienneOur Journey With Boys’ TownAt one of the lowest points of my stint as a social worker, I received a letter from Singapore Prison. It was from one of my earlier clients, a boy who had no known parents and shuffled from one children’s home to another since young. He stayed with us for three years, and we did not …

Roland

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RolandOur Journey With Boys’ TownLooking out of my office to see this boy waving at me, and I knew it was a good day for him. I recalled his first day in Boys’ Town. He was standing in the heavy rain, shouting and refusing to enter the dormitory. I approached him and brought him to my office for a chat. …