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Visit to Man Fatt Lam Home for the Aged - Leadership Club @ Singapore

Monday, February 23, 2009

This is a brief report on our first visit to Man Fatt Lam Home for the Aged. Man Fatt Lam Home for the Aged is a non-profit organisation that began operating since 1996 and takes in needy elderly above 60 years old regardless of race and religion. The Home also caters to middle and lower class families who are unable to care for their elders. Their aims are to provide shelter & a good living environment for needy elderly, Help to maintain them in a healthy lifestyle and organise activities for them.

A group of us visited the home on Wednesday, 11th February. We arrived a little late and all the elderly were already seated in the dining room. We started with a few songs in Hindi and English led by Srishtiraj and Kumar on the guitar. Most of the elderly responded to the songs by clapping hands and one even came to dance with our girls! After the songs, a dance was performed by Arunima, Chaitra, Maria, Namrata, Payal and Shreya to “Rasa Sayang”. Not to be left out, the sole representative of the December batch, Kamal, performed an excellent dance partnering with Namrata.

Then, we sat down and chatted with some of the elderly, A few spoke English and a few more spoke Malay. Many of them thanked us for visiting and for an excellent performance. Then, we snapped some group photos. As we were leaving, the lady who was most excited by our arrival waved goodbye and said in Malay,” Thank you coming. Your performance was very good. Please come again and Don’t forget us!” It didn’t hit me then, but later I realised how lonely they must be…

Thank you Anilavo, Arunima, Chaitra, Kamal, Kumar, Maria, Namrata, Payal, Priya, Shreya, Srishtiraj, Saumya, Upendra, Vinod, and Eda for making this visit a success. We look forward to organising more visits to the home.


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