October 2017
Strengthening Meaningful Connections between ASEAN and the US

Building capacity at the people-to-people levels. Developing friendships between communities in the US and ASEAN. These were just some of the issues discussed at SIF Connects! Washington DC, our annual get-together for reconnecting with Friends of Singapore in the US. Find out more about this year's edition.


Volunteer Cooperation
Access to Clean Water Soon to Become a Reality for 9,000 Cambodians
The SIF has launched another of its signature Water for Life projects in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The four-year project aims to provide over 9,000 Cambodian villagers with access to clean water, and equip them with basic hygiene knowledge to reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases.

Cultural Exchange
Launch of 'Songs from the Heart of Kupang' Music Album in Jakarta
Join us for a celebration of friendships and artistic collaborations for good! Produced by Indonesian jazz singer Nita Aartsen and Singaporean composer Clement Chow, 'Songs from the Art of Kupang' features the voices of residents from the Roslin Orphanage in Indonesia and other international musicians. All proceeds from the album sale will go to the orphanage.

Applications Open for Singapore Internationale
Singapore Internationale supports the showcase of Singapore's culture and innovation through the arts, as well as arts-based initiatives for social good. For close to 20 years, we have enabled more than 270 artists, cultural leaders and multi-sectorial partners to take their work overseas. Be one of them! Apply by 1 January 2018.

Good Business
Invitation to YSE Pitching for Change 2017
The moment of truth. 16 global teams of passionate Young Social Entrepreneurs regroup in Singapore after an 8-month journey filled with mentorships, study visits and ideation to refine their business plans. Join us on 3 November to hear them pitch for change and discuss beneficiary empowerment in "Changing the Conversation".

Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) 2018 Call-for-Applications
Got a business idea that addresses social needs? Turn your ideas for a better world into reality! Join the YSE programme which aims to equip young changemakers with the knowhow to scale their business. Apply before 10 December 2017!

Our Better World
What Happens When You Stay in India with SaveAGram?
Trekking into a forest, visiting unique temples, volunteering at a village school. These are just some of the things you can do with SaveAGram. The social enterprise provides the local community with a stable income by sharing their way of life with tourists. Watch to learn more!

What Responsible Tourism Can Look Like in Sumba
In Sumba Island, 40 underprivileged youth are handpicked annually by the local hospitality foundation for a rare opportunity to be trained by tourism experts. Find out how your holiday can help their professional development!

Citizen Ambassadors
The Empowering Teacher
Irene Toh spent six months volunteering with the SIF to enhance the standards of physiotherapy education in Cambodia. What ensued was a journey of cultural immersion, mutual learning and unforgettable friendships. Watch her story here.

Friends for a Better World
Relish a cultural immersion in Yogyakarta with unique tours and amazing local hosts? Stay tuned to the social contest on our Friends for a Better World series! These stories of our Citizen Ambassadors are brought to you in partnership with National Geographic. Catch them on National Geographic channel and Nat Geo people channel from now till the end of the month or on our microsite.

Singapore Magazine
Let Solar Shine
Homegrown solar company Sunseap has a big mission: To improve residents' lives in the rural areas of emerging Asian countries by giving them access to clean energy. Read more about their plans for the next 20 years. Subscribe and get your free copy.

Volunteer Opportunities
Water for Life
(Siem Reap)

Words on Wheels
(Ho Chi Minh City)

English Teacher (Vientiane)
Photo Contest
Picture a Better World
Share your photos with us and inspire others to build a better world. You might just win a prize from a social enterprise to visit Indonesia or Vietnam. The deadline for submission is 15 October 2017. Find out how here.

Upcoming Events
1 Oct - 16 Nov 2017
Jerusalem, Israel
Boedi Widjaja will be presenting a site-specific performance 'Path 9, Shtiya' at the 3rd Jerusalem Biennale

4 - 21 Oct 2017
Niigata, Japan
T.H.E Dance Company will be presenting a dance performance titled 'As It Fades' at The Niigata International Dance Festival

5 - 8 Oct 2017
Tokyo, Japan
Artists Zhao Renhui, Broy Lim and Woong Soak Theng will be representing the Art Photography Centre in an exhibition at the Tokyo Book Fair
SIF in the News
40 Under 40
by Prestige Online
Our heartiest congratulations to YSE 2013 alumnus Kathy Xu for being listed under Prestige magazine's 40 under 40! The founder of The Dorsal Effect works in Lombok to alleviate declining shark numbers through sustainable tourism.
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