Home Refurbishments with SIM-UOL Transformers 2019

Jan 08, 2020   |   Heartware Network

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James Ang, 25

SIM University, Accounting

Hi I am James, I am one of the house IC for this home refurbishment event.

What is this project about? How was the planning process like?

This project is about helping the less fortunate. Last year I also helped out over here as a volunteer. I see it as a very meaningful event and that’s why I came back. The housing conditions were really bad. This year we were happy to be helping out. The owner of the house that I was allocated to doesn’t even have a bed. I interviewed the uncle during our recce, and he has been staying here for 8 years. There are two uncles staying inside. One of them is a taxi driver and another one is a kopitiam uncle. Initially when I went in, they only had two thin mattress and two luggages. My initial thought was that it was shady, like they wanted to run or escape anytime. But after finding out more, the two luggages are actually their wardrobes where they store their clothes. Compared to other houses, this house is relatively cleaner but we eventually selected this unit because we felt that we can make more impact as their necessities are lacking. There isn’t any TV, he has a fridge but it was never on, perhaps to save electricity.

 What are some of the difficulties you faced during this project?

It was liaising with the uncles. We came down multiple times to check and recce. Uncle only requested for beds but we felt that a proper cabinet would help too.

What have you learned?

We are just very fortunate; I can’t imagine living in this kind of condition. It was very heart-warming too as the uncle was very excited that we were coming over today. The uncle offered to buy us drinks even though he has been trying to save money.

Leave a message for your committee members and beneficiaries.

It’s good that we took the extra effort to help those who needed it.

Urvish Sunil, 22

SIM University, Accounting and Finance

My name is Urvish. I’m in the OIC of Transformers Committee for 2019.

What is this project about? How was the planning process like?

The project is all about refurbishing low income households this year. We raised funds from Rag and Bone which took place during the end of October. The planning process was very long; we went for recces throughout the entire month of November. We went door-to-door knocking to look for the needy households and eventually selected the units that really require refurbishment services. Overall, it was tough planning but so far so good for the day itself. We have 40 people in our committee.

You were from Transformers 2018. How does this year differ from the last?

This year our engagement with the beneficiaries is better than last year. We had more interaction with the home owners.

What have you learned from this project?

We learned how to communicate with people with different backgrounds, and we learned about the knowledge and skills of painting too.

Leave a message for your committee members and beneficiaries.

For the beneficiaries, I hope you enjoyed the refurbished houses, I hope the painting was good and the furnishing was well-placed. For the committee members, job well done so far!