Void Deck Entrepreneur by Growing Up With Less

Samsuri decided to step up to form a self-help group, Pekik, for Malay residents in the community of Jalan Kukoh, one of the poorest estate in Singapore.

A fter noticing children in his neighbourhood, Jalan Kukoh – one of the poorest estate in Singapore, running around till past midnight unsupervised and making themselves vulnerable to negative influences, Samsuri decided to step up to form a self-help group, Pekik, for Malay residents in the community.

Its initiatives include religious classes for children and creating jobs for unemployed adults. And he is taking this far – hoping to develop Pekik into a social entreprise.

About Growing Up With Less

A Final Year Project by students of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University.

Growing Up with Less explores the hidden side of cosmopolitan richest-country-in-the-world Singapore where the government-built apartment complexes are littered with trash and used sanitary napkins and your neighbor next door could be a drug addict. The documentary focuses on the plight of children from low-income families where parents struggle to make ends meet, leaving their children unsupervised, often hungry for food and affection and extremely vulnerable to bad influences. Through the observing eyes of the cameras, the many facets of their lives and the accompanying dramas that roll over from the adults’ lives are exposed, showing just how vulnerable the children are and how much they need a guiding hand to bring them out of the poverty cycle. The online interactive documentary also analyses current government’s policies toward low-income families and the validity of the philosophy behind them.

Check out more videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/GrowingUpwithLess

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