First Hand Service Trip to Damnok Toek, Poipet – June 2018

First Hand Service Trip to Damnok Toek, Poipet – June 2018

On June 11th 2018, a team of four from First Hand departed for a 3-day service trip to visit our main partner Damnok Toek (DT) in Poipet, Cambodia. The purpose of the trip was to check in on DT’s local child-protection projects and see where help and funding are needed. Together, Annette, Gitte, Sandi and Tori brought along 120kg of school/sport/medical donations that we had collected from our supporters in Singapore (thank you!) Poipet is a few hours’ drive from Siem Reap and is located right on the border with Thailand. It is not a nice place to visit and is notorious for its many casinos and as a hotspot for illegal cross-border migration and many forms of exploitation. Overall DT are running six different programmes around Poipet to help vulnerable children and their families avoid exploitation at all the stages when they are at most risk. This starts with prevention at their drop in centre in the slum which offers a safe place for children to play and learn at all times of the day while their parents are absent or street children take a break from their own working day .       Many Cambodians come to Poipet with the misinformed idea that they can easily get a job, or they use Poipet as a base for working illegally across the border in Thailand – where they can earn up to triple a normal Cambodian wage. Sadly many of these workers are often exploited and end up being rounded up by the Thai authorities and dumped at the border crossing. Many of those deported are children, some have even been...
Donations-in-kind requested for Damnok Toek

Donations-in-kind requested for Damnok Toek

A small group of us from First Hand will be travelling to Poipet to visit Damnok Toek at the beginning of June. Please see below for the list of items that have been requested for us to take with us. Please contact a member of the First Hand Team or e-mail us if you have a donation to give. Thank...
First Hand Annual General Meeting – 20th March 2018 – Blu Meze

First Hand Annual General Meeting – 20th March 2018 – Blu Meze

Notice is hereby given of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of First Hand. The meeting will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at Blu Meze restaurant, Block 10 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247700. First Hand supporters are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting where we will elect new office bearers and discuss plans for the coming year. Attendees are welcome to order their own dinner and drinks at the new Blu Meze restaurant, next to Blu Kouzina, at Dempsey Hill. RSVP by March 15th to...
First Hand Info Evening – 7pm, February 27th 2018, The Sail @ Marina Bay

First Hand Info Evening – 7pm, February 27th 2018, The Sail @ Marina Bay

First Hand Information Evening 2018 7pm, Tuesday February 27th 2018, The Sail @ Marina Bay, 2/4 Marina Blvd, Club Room, Level 44, Singapore 018985 Are you curious to hear more about First Hand and our plans for 2018? Then please come and join us at our Information Evening. Enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles while you learn about volunteering opportunities and how you can help make a difference. We will also go more into depth about our two service partners and the impact of the work they are doing in Cambodia. Pre-registration is necessary please, to allow access to the Club Room. RSVP by February 24th to...
White Christmas Ball raises $21,969 in aid of Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia!

White Christmas Ball raises $21,969 in aid of Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart Cambodia!

We are so happy to share that the First Hand White Christmas Ball has raised a grand total of $21,969.43! This amount has been sent to our two direct service partners in Cambodia – Damnok Toek and Mother’s Heart.  The Ball was held at the Swiss Club Singapore on the evening of Saturday 2nd December 2018. The night began al fresco with drinks on the iconic Chess Lawn and music by Intan Duo. Soon after, a three course dinner was served in the beautiful Arbenz Restaurant which overlooks the Club’s lush grounds. Throughout the dinner, 100 guests were entertained by Welles Tan Party Portraits and Christmas songs were performed by the amazingly talented Ukuladies.  Later the emcee got the crowd going with a spectacular Live Auction featuring a signed NZ All Blacks rugby jersey, dinner at Les Amis, a hamper by TheAC and a holiday to Batu Batu. Afterwards, guests danced the night away in the Rifle Lounge with disco music courtesy of DJ Raj Khera. In all, it was a spectacular event which lived up to the season-of-giving spirit. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful guests, generous sponsors and amazing team who made it such a night to remember! There are lots more photos of the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstHandVolunteers UPDATE: the Ball is featured in the February issue of Expat Living 🙂...