project shanah update!

Hi guys! If you remember this post, I talked about a small project my friend and I were starting called Project Shanah. 

We just posted our second installment of our #fiveminutekindnesses. 

Again, it’s only been like two weeks, but if you’re interested in participating we’ll be posting weekly “kindness challenges” on our instagram @projectshanah

Thanks to anyone who’s shown support so far! It’s lovely when people can work together for the better. 

I said in my previous post that this project was meant as a reminder to:


Cynicism
, that youthful exuberance and optimism are not always misguided, and that change is possible and necessary.


Ourselves
, that every little thing we do for the good of others matters.


The world
, that everything has a beginning, no matter how small that beginning may be.

I still believe strongly in this. 

By the way! You don’t even need to be following the instagram to support the project, you can simply check in on it every week to get the latest updates. We’re not looking for followers, just like-minded people with a heart for change 🌱

If anyone is interested in being added to a whatsapp/telegram group where you can partcipate in planning/publicising/designing things for the project, do drop us a DM or email me at mlruiqi@gmail.com 😊

project shanah

Hey guys!

Just wanted to talk about a small project my friend and I decided to work on, which we named Project Shanah.

If anyone remembers this post, I blogged about how my friend and I decided to change the world on 19 Jan. That was prompted by a class we attended during which we discussed the murder of a small child by two other children, and my friend was really affected by it. Afterwards, we were discussing how awful the world was and how life seemed so dark and horrible, then the talk turned to social issues. We talked about how privileged we were, to be living a relatively privileged life in Singapore while there were so many people out there for whom it was hard to even get their basic necessities day-to-day.

We were talking about it, as so many people do, and felt all the injustice of life, also as many people do. But we didn’t want to be the people who just talked and talked and never did anything to actively help the situation- I still remember what my friend said (I quote verbatim, so excuse the very local sentence construction): “Can this not be just talk? Can we, like, do something?”

So, we came up with this! It’s currently an instagram-based project, but we might look into other social media in the future.

Yes, those pictures are taken by us.

Shanah (שָׁנָא) in Hebrew is a verb meaning “to change”, so the name of the project is basically “Project Change”.

What we’ll be doing is basically posting little “kindness challenges” every week!

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This would be an example of a “kindness challenge”.

The idea was basically that since we can’t change the whole entire world, we wanted to at least do something to change the bit of the world that we could- i.e., our school (we’re classmates) in the ways that we could- i.e. through encouraging acts of kindness, service, and raising awareness.

We also hope to be able to use Project Shanah to organise some school-based fundraisers, but we are literally in stage 1/100 of implementing the project so who knows what’s gonna happen in the future? Looking forward with optimism though!

Although our initial target was our school, I thought I would write about it here to invite anyone who wants to participate to join us!

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another quote:

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama

And a final quote:

“So the small things came into their own: small acts of helping others, if one could; small ways of making one’s own life better: acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter. Clever people might laugh at such simplicity, but, she asked herself, what was their own solution?”

– Alexander McCall Smith, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

That was a reminder to:

Cynicism, that youthful exuberance and optimism are not always misguided, and that change is possible and necessary.

Ourselves, that every little thing we do for the good of others matters.

The world, that everything has a beginning, no matter how small that beginning may be.

So yeah! If anyone is interested in this project, we’re posting the first post tomorrow. It’s really just little, five-minute kindnesses- nothing too grand and nothing we couldn’t do on the bus on our way to school or work. Click here for our instagram.

Have an amazing day!