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Whenever I meet people, they still remember me for my sporting achievement in 2015 and how it inspired or impacted them in some way…but right now, I want to rewrite my story and be acknowledged for the person I am today.
Unless you’ve been through the ecosystem, it really is an entirely different world. The reality of what they go through is really quite difficult. If you believe that someone deserves a second chance, you should sign up as well.
Crazycat is a platform that hopes to inspire and empower everyday women. There are many women’s organisations here in Singapore, but most of them tend to cater to more privileged women who are already in positions of power…
Resident photographer Kurt Ganapathy travels to the Indonesian capital to capture the festive spirit at the exciting 2018 Asiad.
And in an ideal world where we can really make a difference, I want our students to discover and harness the community’s resources so that marginalised groups will be self-motivated to realise their own dreams and aspirations…
This project is very personal to me because it’s for my grandmother. She previously lived in an old estate on Pipit Road in Aljunied, but ever since her husband died, she’s been fearful of going back home. She says there’s no more motivation in life and is afraid of dying alone.
Yes, I feel happy and satisfied now. My full-time job helps pay the bills, but the work I do here keeps me feeling fulfilled. To call it a calling would be an exaggeration, but I do feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that I can at least contribute something worthwhile back to society.
Dennis The Ladykiller is a prize fighter. He’s very smooth and charismatic, and he walks out in a yellow robe and snakeskin tights. Yellow is not even my favourite colour, but I know that it suits the character. He’s very flashy, which is very different from who I am in real life.
But the kids at the school don’t label me. They’re only 14, 15 and 16-years old, but not as judgemental as the adults. Instead of pushing me away, they welcomed me into their circles. It’s an experience I cannot find anywhere else, and I’m very happy to be here.
Don’t volunteer for the sake of volunteering; volunteer with commitment and heart. Just know that the universe works in funny ways. The more you give, the more you will get. Stick to this belief and volunteer work won’t be a hassle.
Kurt Ganapathy follows different groups of volunteers as they carry out selfless acts of kindness to bring you these lovely images that commemorate Singapore turning 53. Happy National Day!
I think all the people who agreed to be part of the video intrinsically understood what being part of a family is, whatever that means to different people. Each of these profiles also have love for our country in some form or another, and I feel like we managed to capture that in each frame.
I think being genuine is the most important thing in my line of work. It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. If the way you express yourself makes the ex-offender feel comfortable, he or she will find it easier to trust you.
I compared diabetes to hell for my design project. I was inspired by religion and used Haw Par Villa as my point of reference. To me, how diabetes affects a person’s health is very similar to the way in which the theme park portrays the different levels of hell.
Everyone makes mistakes, don’t they? But that’s all in the past. These ex-convicts have paid for their mistakes and are on the road to recovery, so why can’t they be treated fairly?
You’re the only one who can determine if you’re going in the ring to fight, and I like that feeling of being in control of your own destiny.
If you’re concerned about labels or stigma when working with children of ex-offenders, get to know the person first before passing any judgement. If I could play a part to help stop intergenerational offending, I would try my best to do so.
Life is quite short, and I want to enjoy living it – that’s my mantra. I’ve seen so many people who don’t enjoy what they do. Why spend your life being unhappy with something? Manage your life and do something that you like.
In the name of the Beautiful Game, resident photographer Kurt Ganapathy spent 17 days travelling across seven cities in Russia to bring you this set of stunning images.
When an ex-offender changes for the better, we’re helping his family. When he gets a job, he will also contribute to the workforce and economic success of the country. So it’s not just a job; we need to believe what we’re doing actually makes a difference.