Living in a big city and attending higher education is a blessing to students at Singapore Management University and National University of Singapore. Yet they do not forget to share their joy with the less fortunate people living in the rural areas.
On 1- 14 May 2018 they ran the Project Sukacita (Project of Joy), an annual event that has been going on since 2012. The event was spearheaded by Tanoto Foundation’s scholarship recipients at SMU through community service activity in the rural areas in Riau Province.
A total of 42 SMU and NUS students were seen to be enthusiastically participating in the activity. They visited the Child Care Center (TPA) in Desa Rantau Baru, Riau. They were seen playing and guiding the children to learn together.
In one session, they also taught how to wash hands and brush teeth in an effort on learning about clean healthy life starting from early age. The participants also took turns to provide counseling on nutrition for the development of early age children.
During their visit to SMA (Senior High School) Mutiara Harapan, they shared their experiences and motivations in learning. At SD (Elementary School) Permata Rantau Baru, the SMU and NUS students donated books to the school and undertook tree planting activity with the students.
Peak of the Project Sukacita event was marked by health examination activity for the children and parents involving five TPAs and one Kindergarden in Desa Rantau Baru, Riau. They set up three consultation desks, each attended by one NUS medical student and two doctors from the local community health center, as well as one doctor and two nurses from a local clinic.
This peak activity aimed to examine the health and hygiene statuses of the children. Meanwhile the parents received medical examinations for blood sugar, uric acid, and cholesterol.
Nothing is more valuable in this life than bringing benefits to others. That is the motivation of SMU and NUS students in carrying out this activity. See you in Project Sukacita next year!