International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.”
What Can I Do?
This year, WOSM and the MoP team has launched a Peace Day pledge. We strongly encourage every scout, non-scout, former scouts, and scout units to take part in this pledge.
The Scouts for Peace Pledge
After taking part in the pledge, you may generate a certificate to show your commitment to achieving this pledge.
If you (or your unit) would like to share your pledge and what the pledge means to you with the Scouting community (both in Singapore and internationally), send us a simple write-up with some photographs or video of your pledge taking to the Better World Team ([email protected]) and we will feature it on our social media platforms.
Please note that a WOSM (scout.org) account is required to generate the certificate.
If you do not have a WOSM account, or have taken the pledge as a unit, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance!
A secular, non-affiliated charity, Willing Hearts is wholly run by volunteers, apart from a handful of staff. It operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations islandwide, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families or otherwise poverty stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore.
Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)
ACRES is an animal protection organisation, driven by their concern for animals. They adopt research projects on the use of animals in various fields. Research findings are then used to educate the public to promote active community involvement in the animal protection movement, as well as strive towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties. They strongly believe in promoting community involvement in addressing animal protection issues and in building partnerships with all related bodies to improve animal welfare.
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) was founded in May 1962 by a group of philanthropists who saw the need to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and later, to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore. MINDS runs services that cater to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of people with intellectual disability. To further complete their services and ensure sustainable employment opportunities for their clients, they also have their own Allied Health Professionals and Social Enterprise Department.
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
There are nearly one million low-wage migrant workers in Singapore. They makeup about 20 percent of the total population and are mostly employed in construction, shipyards, sanitation services, manufacturing and domestic work. Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) is dedicated to assisting these low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. Migrant workers on Work Permits contribute immensely to Singapore society and our economy, yet they often suffer unconscionable exploitation.
Touch Community Services
The work of TOUCH started in 1986 as a service for latch-key children in the neighbourhoods of Clementi and Jurong. Touched by the obvious need of low-income and single-parent families with difficulties making ends meet, much less raising their children in a positive environment, a group of seven volunteers in their 20s organised activities to help the children. This small attempt has today become a multi-service organisation with an integrated network of 18 services, 19 centres and 24 children’s clubs. Touch Community Services serves people of all ages in society, from children, youths, family, and elderly to people with special needs. Under each group, there are services catering specifically to them – for instance, cyber wellness workshops for youths, a day activity centre to help the intellectually disabled lead independent lives, and home services for the elderly.
Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore) is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation which was formed in 1995 by the Lions Clubs of Singapore and a Lions District Project. Their mission is to provide friendship and care for seniors to age in place with community participation, enabling them to enjoy meaningful and enriching lives.
Youth Corps Singapore
Youth Corps Singapore provides the breadth and depth of volunteering opportunities for youths through ad-hoc, regular and project-based service projects, with a focus on reaching out to causes such as education, environment, health, special needs, arts, sports, and heritage. The foundation is grounded by a strong philosophy of service learning – an immersive and transformative learning experience through meaningful community service. Regardless of skill sets, they provide ample opportunities for youths to hone their skills and develop new skills. They will also get to meet like-minded youths who are passionate about serving the community.
Waterways Watch Society (WWS)
Waterways Watch Society (WWS) is an environmental non-profit organization that was formed in 1998 with a mission to bring people together to protect our waterways. WWS is a firm advocate of public education to promote individual responsibility and shared ownership of our water resources and environment. For this, they have established various programmes and strongly believe in forming sustainable partnerships with passionate individuals, schools, community groups, companies and government agencies. It is a special, independent volunteer group, bringing people together to love our waters and to inspire stewardship for our environment.
Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC)
Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) serves 975,500 residents living in the Central Singapore area and envisions itself as a do-good district. The CDC reaches out to four key communities (children, youth, adults, and seniors), and four key causes (arts and culture, environment, healthy lifestyle, and special needs). Aside from meeting ground needs through localised initiatives, the CDC also value-adds to the community as a whole – developing district-level initiatives and creating sustainable programmes, as well as supporting meaningful community projects. Working with a variety of partners such as schools, voluntary welfare organisations and the grassroots, the CDC brings together various community resources for a more holistic approach to community building.
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)
GUI is a 21st Century ‘School of Life’. The non-profit organisation pioneers dynamic ways of shaping people and nurturing leaders for the future, grounded in the holistic approach of the “Thinker-Warrior-Farmer” – the elements of an all-rounded leader. They are currently building up the Kampung Kampus (kampung means village in the Malay language), a low-carbon footprint campus in Yishun – from a spartan 100 sq metres of concrete space to 2.6 hectares of lush land with the aim to showcase best practices in sustainable living for Singapore, and nurture a conscious community with hearts, minds and hands focused on a humane and sustainable future.
Leave this world a little better than you found it.
- – Lord Baden-Powell
We are Scouts, we are Messengers of Peace