Reviving The Kampung Spirit in Singapore
During the 2019 year end holidays, a bunch of friends got together, and were reminiscing how we missed the good old days when neighbours got together more, helped each other more, and how technology has actually separated us. Families can be sitting at the same dinner table, but yet so far apart. We can have thousands of friends on facebook, and yet not have anyone to turn to for help in time of need.
How nice would it be if we could bring neighbours closer together again? How nice would it be if we knew more about the face we see in the lift, that we might go beyond the “hi”, and ask “how’s your mother’s health?”.
These conversations then inspired the vision of GoodHood.SG, a ground-up initiative to bring back the kampung spirit in Singapore. That neighbours would care more for each other, and kickstart the flywheel of paying it forward in the neighbourhood.
How nice would it be if pet owners picked up after their pet’s business because they wanted to be considerate to another neighbour they knew by first-name. Or the avid drummer kept his drum practices outside of resting hours so as not to disturb the family with a young child whom he met on GoodHood. How nice would it be if we didn’t throw litter out of our flats because we know Mrs Lee who lives 2 floors below.
Thus began our quest, to nurture this precious ideal called neighbourliness, that we might all be a more considerate, gracious, and giving society!
If you have read this far, you probably care deeply about our society, about bringing people closer. If this is the case, we hope to hear from you how you think we can do this better, or how you would like to be a part of this!
The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.