With the tag line of ‘Remembering Forgotten Blessings’, Project Link 2018 is a 4-part series that aims to inculcate the spirit of appreciating one of our greatest blessings whom we may sometimes overlook – our elders.
"Interaction cultivates understanding. Project Link provides ways students can appreciate, engage with and give back to the elderly in our community."
Forgotten Blessing I: The Reminder
We kick-started our series with a talk by the esteemed Ustaz Nuzhan Abdul Halim. The talk focused on our duties and responsibilities towards the elders, especially our parents.
We hoped that through the talk, we are reminded on the significance of the elderly and parents in our lives, and can reflect further on the type of elderly we would like to be in the future.
Forgotten Blessing II: The Departure
We invited two respected speakers, Brother Aydarus and Brother Ameer Al-Hakeem to enlighten us on issues relating to the sensitive, yet inevitable, passing of our elders.
The objective of this event is to remind us of our continued duties towards our elders, especially our parents, even after their passing. It was also hoped that attendees would be informed on the funeral management process as well as the etiquettes towards the deceased.
Through this, we hope to have increased our gratitude and appreciation towards our parents and elders and would be better prepared for the one certain thing in life – death.
Through these two events, we hope that foundations of love, respect and mercy towards parents and elderly have been laid. Following this, our last two events are meant to be practical means for participants to act on the knowledge learnt in the first two events.
To end off Project Link, we collaborated with Habitat for Humanity, a non-for-profit organization in their initiative, Project Homeworks.
Project Homeworks aims to improve the living condition of the elderly who are living alone in one-room flats around Singapore.
In the short but intense half-day cleaning session, participants had helped clean up and paint the homes of 6 elderly. Through this event, participants were exposed to the unimaginable realities of some low-income elderly in Singapore.
We hope that through this exposure and interaction with the elderly, participants would reflect on the many blessings they have overlooked, learn from the elderly’s experiences as well as develop a sense of empathy towards those less-privileged than them.