He calls himself a catalyst…for dreams. He has had more than thirty years experience helping people…first as a medical doctor and then as a full time Church volunteer. His latest project is called Goducate. It provides the seed capital and training for rural livelihood projects overseas. Dr Paul Choo is Devika Misra’s guest on 6th September 2010 on Passion People at 938 Live.
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Helping Needy Asians Help Themselves
Goducate is a non profit organization. The name itself comes from 2 words – “Go” and “Educate”.
“Go” means to proceed, to advance. It denotes a movement, passing from one place to another. It signifies progress being made.
“Educate” means to teach, to train, to groom, to refine. It describes a process to stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of a person. It speaks of empowerment.
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Singaporean general practitioner Dr Leslie Tay, well known for his ieatishootipost blog, had been wanting to express his gratitude to the thousands of migrant workers who help build up the country, and naturally he did it through food. He organised a meal for 500 workers living in one of the 50 or so dormitories in Singapore.
Partnering him in his Happy Go Round party held on Jan 10 was the Singapore Kindness Movement. The dormitory chosen, which houses about 8000 workers, was one of those at which Goducate conducts its Happy Happy English program, so Goducate helped out with the entertainment, and 50 of the places were given to students in the program. The food was supplied by ezb (BBQ made easy). Many other organizations (M1, Gardenia, Pearlie White, Phoon Huat, Recruit Plus) contributed items needed for the meal as well as for the goody bags and prizes for the games and lucky draws. The management of the dormitory did a marvellous job in setting up the facilities and in ensuring the whole event went smoothly.
The evening ended with registration for the next term of Happy Happy English at this dormitory, which starts on Jan 24.
Workers participating in a game
Workers enjoying the entertainment
Leslie Tay handing out a prize
Dec 19, 2014, saw the graduation of the 5th batch of trainees attending the Goducate Training Center (GTC) in Iloilo. These 30 community development workers (17 ladies and 13 men) successfully completed 6 months of training to prepare them to serve Asian communities, especially needy communities.
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