Why We Care
Many of Singapore’s elderly, people with disabilities, and people with low income live alone in one- or two-room rental flats and are without regular domestic help. Unable to thoroughly clean their homes, the resulting clutter leaves them vulnerable to a number of safety and health issues such as fire or tripping hazards as well as unhygienic living conditions.
In Singapore, the number of people aged 65 and above who live by themselves has nearly tripled from 14,500 in 2000 to 42,100 in 2014. The elderly currently make up about a third of all one-person households. The number of elderly people living alone is expected to increase to 83,000 by 2030.
As such, Project HomeWorks was initiated by Habitat for Humanity Singapore to improve the living conditions of these beneficiaries to make their homes safer and cleaner. Habitat for Humanity Singapore mobilises volunteers to do a one-time intense cleaning which may includes the removal of pests and replacement of broken furniture and bedding. This results in their improved living conditions and quality of life.
Since its inception in 2006, Project HomeWorks has benefitted over 1,600 vulnerable households with the help of more than 8,000 volunteers. More details on this programme can be found on the Project HomeWorks webpage.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the belief that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, we have been working alongside families and individuals of limited means, from all over Singapore and Asia-Pacific, to increase access to improved homes since 2004. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.sg
Bare Your Sole 2016 might be over but our work at Habitat for Humanity never ends!
Here are some ways you can continue to show your support:
- Donate to our cause here
- Learn more about Project HomeWorks and how you can get involved
- Follow Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s Facebook page
- Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date on all the news about our local and overseas programmes
- Find out about our other local and overseas programmes on our website at www.habitat.org.sg
How We Care
A big thank you from the bottom of our soles!
Bare Your Sole is an annual event that raises much needed funds for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme, Project HomeWorks. These intensive weekly clean-up sessions focus on improving the living conditions of the elderly and persons with disabilities who live alone in often dirty, cramped and bug-infested one- or two-room rental flats.
Thanks to your support, we managed to raise S$250,000 this year that will help us clean another 300 homes. This includes replacing furniture as well as providing professional fumigation services for our beneficiaries!
Bare Your Sole 2015
Bare Your Sole 2014
Bare Your Sole 2013
Bare Your Sole 2012
Scroll to see how you have helped us grow over the years!
“I feel that I too have become more sympathetic towards the elderly. I now have a better understanding as to where they are coming from and I’ve also become more patient with my own parents.”
— Adeline Khoo, regular HomeWorks volunteer
Thanks to the donations raised by past editions of Bare Your Sole, we have been able to touch the lives of many of our elderly through Project HomeWorks.
“I have a long-term issue with my leg and it hurts when I move it. I didn’t see a doctor to address this due to the expensive medical fees. I’m very happy to have received help from Project HomeWorks and I think it is a very good initiative as there are some hard-to-reach areas that I’m not able to clean.”
— Quah Tee, 84, HomeWorks beneficiary
By participating in Bare Your Sole, we are able to reach out to more elderly beneficiaries like Quah Tee!
“Before joining Project HomeWorks, I had no idea what goes on behind the closed doors of many of these elderly. It was only when I got to step into their house that I began to realise their side of the story. It’s so rewarding to see them smile after a long day of cleaning; it makes all the effort worth it. That’s one of the key reasons why I keep coming back to do more.”
— Inez Oh, regular HomeWorks volunteer
Together, we can help more volunteers and elderly gain from the true meaning behind Project HomeWorks!
“I heard about Habitat for Humanity through the partnership that has been formed over the past few years with Barclays. As a father and grandfather, I’m a great believer in doing everything you can to give children the best start in life. This includes providing a home, shelter and a place to grow.”
— Paul Hopkins, volunteer, former Barclays employee who raised $100,000 for Bare Your Sole 2012 by walking 100km
Come participate in Bare Your Sole to help us improve the living conditions of our beneficiaries by making their homes cleaner and safer.
“Bare Your Sole is a great way to raise awareness of poverty in the region through getting people to experience one aspect of poverty, walking barefoot as many do on a daily basis in developing countries, thus putting themselves at risk of harm. It reiterates the importance of Habitat’s work to eliminate poverty housing.”
— Deepesh Lad, Bare Your Sole supporter
Get your feet dirty for a good cause! By walking in the shoes, or lack thereof, of the people who Habitat for Humanity Singapore serves, you too can support the work that we do in Project HomeWorks.
“I suffered from a stroke one year ago and I’m not able to move my left hand. I’m taking medication daily and face difficult sleeping. I’m very happy to have received help through Project HomeWorks and it’s very nice to be able to sleep better again.”
— Ramsamy, 62, HomeWorks beneficiary
Help us reach more Project HomeWorks beneficiaries who struggle with physical disabilities like Ramsamy today!
“The number of old people aged 65 and above who live by themselves has nearly tripled over the last 15 years to 42,100 in 2014, up from 14,500 in 2000.”
— The Straits Times, 17 August 2015, source: “Number of seniors aged 65 and above who live by themselves has tripled since 2000“
There are still many more homes to be helped! By signing up for this year’s Bare Your Sole, we can expand our ongoing Project HomeWorks operations to help provide a safer and more hygienic home for more beneficiaries.