Beyond Building

August 13, 2019

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By Angie Lee, Community Relations Executive

We are anticipating the opening of a new literacy centre that is scheduled to be opened at the end of August to accommodate the increasing demand of education for children with learning needs. Plenty of time and hard work were poured into this project before reaching where we are at today – from raising funds, to brainstorming the possible new facilities, to the creation of new structures – all of which would not have been possible without our interior designer who churns out creative yet practical designs, our conscientious colleagues who made consistent trips down to the site just to check in on the progress of the project, and most importantly, the diligent workers who worked tirelessly to bring the hand-drawn designs into form.

Engaging in discussions about the progress of the project.

The designer of our project, Ann Gan, is professional yet humble. By working together with Epworth, not only did it serve as a platform for her to serve God and the community, it was also a place for self-enrichment. It was our partnership that exposed her to the vulnerable and have-nots in our society, thereby helping her see a greater purpose in designing our infrastructures. She realised that the underprivileged children are not just in financial need, but they also require more learning opportunities.

Over the years of working together with us, Ann had several chances to interact and learn more about our staff. She mentioned about how the teachers at Epworth Literacy were very committed, and how they had a love for children; doing their best to help them become the best version of themselves. It is an honour for us to be working together with Ann, where she designs our projects with the children’s needs in mind, making Epworth a comfortable and constructive place to be in.

Progress of the Literacy Centre on 19 July 2019.
Three working days later on 24 July 2019.

The Project’s Foreman: Ah Fook

Down to earth and reliable, Ah Fook has been involved in many of our developments over the past 8 years. After witnessing the damages that could be done by children who display severe behavioural problems due to their past traumatic experiences, he has learnt to be more meticulous in the construction processes, paying great attention to every detail so as to ensure that safety will not be compromised. He learnt from past experiences, adapted and applied precautions so as to cater to the needs of the children. To him, the construction of Epworth HomeSweetHome proved to be the most demanding. Yet, he allowed himself to be challenged by doing what he could that was within his capacity so as to help the children. Ah Fook is more than just a serious person who only does work, but he also has a fun side to him, where he shares a close relationship with some of our staff. Although Ah Fook may not be the wealthiest, all that he has contributed will definitely go a long way


The important work of Epworth Community Services is funded primarily by generous well- wishers who strongly believe in our cause.

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