Bezer Initiative 

Problem 

Problems in the community among the underprivileged are often complex, requiring multiple layers of support.

 

Typically, only a small group of committed community workers, philanthropists, and volunteers help the invisible communities in crisis. The slow rate of growth and high attrition of volunteers means that many end up feeling overworked. Thus, we recognize the difficulties this small group faces in continuing to create pertinent, sustainable change in these communities.

 

One example is the issue of homelessness, which is often a result of many underlying factors that require holistic, long-term solutions. This makes it extremely challenging for a caseworker, or NGO, to shoulder this issue alone.

 

 

Our approach

Instead of getting more volunteers, what if we brought the attention of this issue to the wider public? 

 

Our hope: Kampung Spirit 2.0 

We envision a re-energized expression of the ‘kampung spirit’. We hope to see the neighborly spirit in action - resources being pooled together to help the needy and for each person to be empowered and willing to help another. This would better enable us to build thriving, resilient communities. 

Project synopsis

The Bezer Initiative is a community project which aims to educate, equip, and build a network of community support that would readily and effectively help people in crisis. 

 

 

Our goal

We aim to mobilize communities to be more involved in the needs around them, with an initial focus on supporting youths-at-risk with respite shelter, relationship building and mentoring. 

In the pilot run in 2019, we saw youths being provided with temporary shelter and becoming integrated with the host’s community, with the community becoming a support system for these youths.

 

Read our Community White Paper for more details here:

We hope that you will join us in working towards building our communities from the ground up. Each of us can make a difference.

 

Reinvigorate the ‘kampong spirit’ of old and help us move towards a more compassionate, caring and stronger Singapore.

[Update] We have conducted a review of our work in OHN from Apr to Aug 2020. You may download our report here.

Bezer Simulation

What we believe

At Solve n+1, we believe that fostering empathy is one of the irreplaceable keys to building thriving, resilient communities. It is also the first stepping stone in cultivating effective support to aid people in crisis. 

 

Project Synopsis

This is an experiential workshop designed and tested to encourage understanding and empathy. From there, individuals would be better positioned to take personal responsibility for building community in their neighbourhoods. 

 

In this hands-on workshop on active citizenry, participants take on the role of a specific vulnerable or disadvantaged person(s) and go through day to day scenarios as a variety of crises are introduced at random. The firsthand experience allows participants a deeper, more intimate understanding of the trials faced by vulnerable persons. 

 

This helps develop empathy and empowers them to consider how they can contribute meaningfully. It gives them a broader understanding of communal interactions, creating the space for important conversations on community living to happen.  

 

 

Pilot run

It had yielded encouraging results. Participants had a better understanding of how deliberately investing in community and building social capital allows for better crisis management. 

 

Understanding the why and how allowed them to grow in empathy for people in crisis. Furthermore, some discovered prejudices they had towards vulnerable groups that they had not been previously aware of. Such self-reflection and discovery is vital to growing in compassion. 

 

We hope to publish this simulation as a resource for NGOs who work with families to encourage families to discuss elements of healthy communities. At the end of the simulation, participants may also consider getting connected with the network of support created by the Bezer Platform.

 

 

What we require:

We need $24,000 to fully develop this workshop.

 

It will go towards:

  • Concept and curriculum development

  • Trainer & facilitator development

  • Design of collaterals

  • Evaluation of program and review 

 

We want to invite you to partner with us financially to help nurture empathy in our society. 

Enable the better preparation for communities in crises, empower others to reach out to vulnerable people groups.

 Together, let’s move toward a more gracious and empathetic Singapore. 

Open Home Toolkit

Problem: 

A person in crisis often requires multiple layers of support, and to be matched with the right support. This is why there is a need for a support network and community to be operationalised and ready to render support. 

 

 

Goal of the platform

The mobilisation network will be develop to enable host families to be mobilised, to share resources and knowledge, and facilitate peer-to-peer emotional support. While starting with an initial focus on helping youth at-risk, the vision is to expand to help the many different kinds of people in crisis - from the homeless to abuse victims.

 

This system will allow everyone to contribute according their capacities and resources. Some may open their homes, others may offer resources, contacts, giving of knowledge or experience. This will be a space where entire communities can come together to empower people in crisis to overcome.   

 

How this works

Approach 1 - We will start by facilitating resource sharing across Family Service Centres (FSCs) in different regions. 

 

Approach 2- Bringing together a network of families with FSCs to help persons in crisis, and equipping them with the clear rules of engagement and building up a repository of case studies put together in the Bezer Open Home Toolkit (hyperlink)

 

Approach 3 - This network can be translated to various technological platforms for greater access to communication, resource sharing, knowledge management across NGOs and communities.

  

What we need

We will need $30,000 to establish this platform. 

 

The money will go into

Stage 1 -Platform development (app or website) and research (concept development, prototyping) for supporting this work.

 

We invite you to partner with us financially to help us move towards a more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive Singapore, reinvigorating the ‘kampung spirit’ of our nation’s roots. 

Open Home Network 

Problem

A person in crisis often requires multiple layers of support, and to be matched with the right support. This is why there is a need for a support network and community to be operationalised and ready to render support. 

 

 

Goal of the platform

The mobilisation network will be develop to enable host families to be mobilised, to share resources and knowledge, and facilitate peer-to-peer emotional support. While starting with an initial focus on helping youth at-risk, the vision is to expand to help the many different kinds of people in crisis - from the homeless to abuse victims.

 

This system will allow everyone to contribute according their capacities and resources. Some may open their homes, others may offer resources, contacts, giving of knowledge or experience. This will be a space where entire communities can come together to empower people in crisis to overcome.   

 

How this works

Approach 1 - We will start by facilitating resource sharing across Family Service Centres (FSCs) in different regions. 

 

Approach 2- Bringing together a network of families with FSCs to help persons in crisis, and equipping them with the clear rules of engagement and building up a repository of case studies put together in the Bezer Open Home Toolkit (hyperlink)

 

Approach 3 - This network can be translated to various technological platforms for greater access to communication, resource sharing, knowledge management across NGOs and communities.

  

 

What we need

We will need $30,000 to establish this platform. 

 

The money will go into

Stage 1 -Platform development (app or website) and research (concept development, prototyping) for supporting this work.

 

We invite you to partner with us financially to help us move towards a more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive Singapore, reinvigorating the ‘kampung spirit’ of our nation’s roots. 

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