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About Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)

What/Who is Ground Up Initiative (GUI)?

Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is a non-profit organisation based in Yishun, and we have been around since 2008. Since 2014, we have been expanding and building up our nature-inspired Kampung Kampus on a 26,000sqm of land leased from the Singapore government.

We seek to cultivate a sense of rootedness by involving people physically in the light construction, maintenance and upkeeping of our shared spaces, not just in Kampung Kampus but also Singapore as a whole. By doing so, GUI hopes to rekindle not only the Kampung charm, but also to instill a strong sense of ownership, resilience, pride and honour in our nation.

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What programmes does GUI offer?

Since 2008, GUI has been building up the Kampung Kampus – based in Yishun – through the power of community. As GUI is not funded by the government or other corporate entities, we have been trying to be self-sufficient through the paid programmes conducted by our various social enterprises.

The nature of these programmes varies according to their respective thematic focus areas and cater towards a range of groups, ranging from individuals and families, to corporations and public agencies. We also offer teambuilding experiences which are highly experiential in nature!

Education: www.fb.com/wowkampung
Craft: www.touchwoodgui.weebly.com

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Space Rental

Can I host my event at Kampung Kampus?

Our Kampung Kampus comprises of a variety of spaces suited for a variety of uses.

Write in to us at involve@groundupinitiative.org to find out more about rental rates and to coordinate a site visit.

Click below for a virtual tour of our Kampung Kampus!

Kampung Tour

Volunteering

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers play an integral role in the activities and maintenance of GUI. Broadly, GUI incubates various social enterprises which draws upon a pool of volunteers to assist in their operations in the farming, craft, and education fields respectively.

Check out the various ways you can volunteer in the next few tabs!

1) Balik Kampung

Balik Kampung is GUI’s flagship community programme which runs on selected Saturdays and allows the general public to know more about Kampung Kampus.

Individuals participate in a variety of tasks and activities which are necessary for the upkeep and maintenance of the Kampung Kampus which are dependent on the particular needs of the day. These activities are physical in nature, and require exertion so participants are required to be dressed in active wear and cover shoes, and most importantly, come with a positive can-do attitude. Children are also welcome to participate in Balik Kampung as well, and can be engaged by simple housekeeping tasks. There’s something for everyone at the Kampung!

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2) Giving.sg by NVPC

Giving.sg is a centralised web portal which hosts a variety of initiatives and volunteering programmes offered by organizations across different interests in Singapore. The volunteer listings of GUI on Giving.sg caters towards those who are looking for a more targeted volunteering experience on weekdays.

Giving.sg provides volunteers interested in GUI with an opportunity to develop their interests and skillsets in a specific direction and meet like-minded people in the process as well. Greater details can be found in the respective volunteering listings.

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3) Skills-Based Volunteering

We are happy to engage individuals or groups who have expertise across a spectrum of skills which can be channeled into GUI’s growth, in areas including but not limited to:

Publicity
Marketing
Events Management
Visual Design
Facilitation
Communications

If you have a skill which you would like to contribute, please write in to us at: involve@groundupinitiative.org. With Gratitude!

Can I bring a group to volunteer?

Yes, of course!

Any group more than 5 pax would be group volunteering – in upkeeping and maintenance tasks of the Kampung Kampus.

For group volunteering, we respectfully ask for a kind monetary contribution to help support the Kampung Kampus operations. Examples of corporations and agencies who have volunteered with us include various primary and secondary schools, JTC, Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Medtronic and many more.

GUI is not funded by the government, foundation or corporations. We are self-funded and run programmes and volunteer activities to reach out to people with our philosophy and sustain a 26,000sqm of land financially which is a monthly five-digit figure. Every monetary contribution helps and we would appreciate it deeply!

Wednesdays to Fridays are the best days to volunteer as a group in GUI.

Write in to us at involve@groundupinitiative.org if you are keen to organise such a session.

Others

I would like to bring in a group of people to visit, is this possible?

Sure you can! We’ve had people from various groups and firms visit the Kampung Kampus to learn more about our work and how it resonates with our themes of community development and sustainability. This can be done a variety of ways, from guided tours; volunteering activities to speaking and sharing sessions, depending on the nature of your objectives. Go ahead and drop us an email at involve@groundupinitiative.org with information about the following details and we’ll be delighted to see how we are able to accommodate your visit:

Objective(s) of your visit
What you intend to do (if any) at Kampung Kampus
Group size & profile
Proposed dates / timings
Budget for visit
Additional comments you’d like us to know

I would like to invite someone from GUI to speak at my event, how do I go about this?

We’ve received requests from various groups and institutions to speak on a variety of subject matters with regards to themes ranging from sustainability to the environment. If you’d like us to share more about our work and perspectives at your event, email us at involve@groundupinitiative.org with the following details:

What is the theme(s) which you would like us to share about
What is the profile of the audience
Are you interested in any particular speaker(s) from GUI
What are the dates and timings which you’re looking at
What are the details of your budget for this
Additional comments

Can I buy vegetables from your farm?

Fancy some chemical-free grown greens? Come get your fresh vegetables harvested straight from our farm only every Saturday from 10am onwards at 91 Lorong Chencharu!

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