AVPN-NUS Community Trail Highlights Hidden Social Issues in Singapore


Kang Fei Wong


It was one week after Singapore’s 50th anniversary. When most people were still in celebration mood, AVPN took our members on a community trail around Toa Payoh to understand some of the pressing social issues that abound within the estate. The community trail was conducted by the students of the NUS-Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme.

The trip covered community spaces in Toa Payoh West neighborhood, which covered different residential housing types such as rented HDB for low income families, and the Senior Activity Centre.

Participants participated in open and honest discussions along the walk and debated on the roles of often ignored community participants like a roadside cobbler and the functions of a community garden.

It was a fruitful and eye-opening afternoon with many thought provoking discussions. AVPN is certainly planning to organize the community trail again!

About NUS Community Trails

NUS Community Trails’ journey began in 2012 when a group of undergraduates from the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme (CTPCLP) sought to rethink the place of ‘community’. They started with the Kampong Glam community and presented their findings through the means of a trail.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Kang Fei Wong

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