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Watch a Jakarta play, help transform children's lives

May 22, 2015 - 5:38 PM

The Jakarta Players is staging Circle Mirror Transformation to benefit the Taman Bacaan Pelangi foundation

Skype for literacy

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:00 AM

The Right To Learn project is looking for volunteers who could conduct one on one reading sessions with less fortunate children via Skype

When grandmas do Zumba

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM

In Singapore Zumba enthusiasts share the gift of fitness with the less privileged those with special needs and the elderly

Thriving at the Farm: Nurturing Indonesia's youth

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Troubled Indonesian youths work hard in the fields exercise responsibility and have fun at the Learning Farm in West Java

Berkembang di Kebun

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Kaum remaja yang bermasalah bekerja keras di ladang belajar bertanggung jawab dan bersenang senang di the Learning Farm

The Dorsal Effect: Saving the sharks of Lombok

Oct 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

For years the men of Lombok in Indonesia hunted sharks for a living One woman dreams to change all of that

From scavenger to sales director

Oct 05, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Khun Chantha enjoys a comfortable living as a sales director for Mercedes Benz – a far cry from the dumps of Cambodia where he grew up This is the story of how he obtained his ticket out of poverty

Never stop dreaming

Oct 04, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Indonesia s Scholar4ID program provides deserving students not only financial assistance but mentorship an internship and an overseas trip that aims to give global perspective

Marching to a better life

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

After their graduation march scholars from the De La Salle University in Manila are now working on their respective dreams

Tales of the forgotten

Sep 14, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The sight of India s destitute is sad but at the same time common A hospice ran by Jesuits rescues them providing sanctuary until their last breath

Saving the untouchables

Sep 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM

A priest puts up a school for the poorest children in India to help them break free from the shackles imposed by their caste system

Rediscovering her voice

Sep 08, 2014 - 12:04 PM

In 2011 singer Crystal Goh lost her voice When she regained it months later she used it as a tool to help empower others

A toy story

Aug 31, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Indian engineer Shweta Chari toyed with the idea of a play place Ten years later her Toybank project gives less privileged children the joy of play

Just keep swimming

Aug 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At 5 Sun Hongsheng lost his arms Today he is one of China s prized swimmers and will represent China in the 2016 Paralympic Games

Stories in every stitch

Aug 24, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Atauro Island in Timor Leste is home to farmers who harvest crops fishermen who haul shoals of fish and artisans who sew dolls and stuffed toys

Football players with cerebral palsy

Aug 23, 2014 - 8:00 AM

There s no stopping these football players afflicted with cerebral palsy

The most poignant Green Day cover

Aug 17, 2014 - 8:00 AM

In an Indian shelter for abused girls healing comes in the form of singing to Green Day s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

From gangster to mentor, from drugs to dance

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Dance instructor Mel draws from her troubled past to inspire delinquent teenagers to veer away from the life she once led

Clarity of vision

Jul 27, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Two mothers go beyond helping their own children with low vision They set up iC2 Prephouse to help kids with low vision stay in mainstream schools and learn everyday living skills so they can lead independent and fulfilling lives

clarity of vision

Sunglasses at night

Jul 20, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Badly injured left in limbo and unable to support his family Shabdar Ali finds strength to help others

Abdi Kasih – a school born out of love

Jul 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Abdi Kasih is a school born out of love and dedication for children with special needs

A special kind of running buddy

Jul 14, 2014 - 12:55 PM

The volunteers of Runninghour serve as eyes for the blind from start to finish line

Deaf, loud, and proud: The music of ExtraOrdinary Horizons

Jul 12, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Watch this Singaporean percussion band whose members are deaf – they will rock your socks off

The fight for clean water in Cambodia

Jul 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Seur Seang is at the frontline of the fight to give rural Cambodians access to clean water

Traveling with no feet

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:00 AM

When Sri Lestari lost her limbs from an accident she spent 10 years of her life depressed and confined to a wheelchair Now she is going on a bike ride across Indonesia to inspire others like her

Peddlers of light

Jun 29, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Mothers in rural Indonesia bring light to their families and communities through selling solar lamps

Pinay maid puts lessons from business school to good use

Jun 28, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Meet Jeanilyn Bermudez – a Singapore based maid who went to business school and put her skills to good use back home

Diana Saw: Bag lady making lives beautiful

Jun 22, 2014 - 8:00 AM

For years Diana Saw was at the helm of a multinational corporation in Singapore But in 2006 a vacation in Cambodia turned her life around

Tennis for the blind

Jun 21, 2014 - 8:00 AM

In tennis the player must have eyes on the ball at all times But for the blind their dedication and acute sense of sound matter most

Deaf pianist on hitting the right notes

Jun 15, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Born with 80 per cent hearing loss Ron Tan taught himself how to play the piano at 17 Four years later not only does he have a regular gig but also helps musicians with disabilities make music

Mavis Ching's kitchen of cheer

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At 58 Mavis packed her bags from Singapore and moved to Cambodia From teaching piano she now spreads cheer to Siem Reap s hungry souls