SINDA, Young Sikh Association volunteers organise Project Shine to clean people's homes this Deepavali season

More than 50 volunteers from the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and Young Sikh Association - Singapore (YSA) scrubbed windows, cleaned bathrooms, mopped floors, wiped surfaces and helped beneficiaries with any concerns they had under a new initiative known as Project Shine across the island nation yesterday.

Through Project Shine they spent time interacting with underprivileged families and elderly in the community.
Through Project Shine they spent time interacting with underprivileged families and elderly in the community. Photo courtesy: Project Give

SINDA, Habitat for Humanity and Young Sikh Association organised Project Shine as part of the annual Project Give campaign as a volunteer opportunity during this challenging time due to COVID-19. It is hosted by SINDA every year around Deepavali to encourage the spirit of giving back to society

Through Project Shine they spent time interacting with underprivileged families and elderly in the community. In teams, volunteers helped families with some basic cleaning of their homes and put up Deepavali decorations.

SINDA chief executive Anbarasu Rajendran told Straits Times that Project Give was started many years ago, with fund-raising being a key component.

"But along the way, it has evolved, and we are looking (to cultivate) a collective social belonging in the Indian community," he added.

Gurnihal Singh, 24, a Nanyang Technological University undergraduate, was one of the YSA volunteers. He said he decided to volunteer for Project Shine to help members of the community who are often overlooked.

“Not only do we have COVID-19 but dengue cases are also on the rise. Many beneficiaries do take the time to clean their homes, but there may be some nooks and crannies that they are unable to reach,”
he said.

Author
CtoI News Desk
CtoI News Desk – CtoI

Singapore-headquartered online media company targeting Indian Diaspora across Singapore, US, UK and Dubai. Connected to India covers developments around Indians abroad, informing, engaging and entertaining its audiences.

Comments
Poll

What is your reaction to the Netflix reality show Indian Matchmaking?

  • Love it - Can't wait for Season 2
  • Hate it - Can't tolerate even one episode
  • It's like looking in the mirror- warts and all
  • I cringe but just can't stop watching
  • I am neutral, no strong feelings
Answer
Write your story

Contribute an Article

Learn more