• Uncle Sweets

    June 2nd, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Uncle Sweets

    Today I met “Uncle Sweets”, a taxi driver who keeps a bowl of sweets for his customers. Me: What made you start doing this, Uncle? Uncle Sweets: I pick up all the drunk people and after vomitting, they ask me: “Uncle, do you have a sweet? My throat is bitter.” So now I give sweets...

  • Warm

    June 1st, 2016 By Vadivu Govind

    Part of conversation with a taxi driver today – driver: my life is very hard. very hard. me: oh…what keeps you going? driver: my family. i have to for my family. but some people cannot make it. they jump down or get divorced, because they don’t have enough money. me: ohdear…do...

  • Joyful Service Profile: Taxi Driver, Olivia Chua

    April 7th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Joyful Service Profile: Taxi Driver, Olivia Chua

    "We need to love others as we love our family" ~ Olivia Chua, one of the most amazing and inspiring taxi drivers I have met in Singapore. She gave me a warm and bright smile when I got into her cab - the kind of smile that lights you up. And for the next 30 minutes, I learned about her *consistent* love...

  • Our Story

    April 6th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Our Story

    The story behind Joy Works is a story of my heart breaking open – in different ways - over a span of 20 years. In 1990, I had an epiphany that opened my heart to the suffering in the world. That set me on a detour from a life I had planned for myself. I got deeply involved in social change in...

  • Ten Random Things About Me

    April 5th, 2016 By Vadivu Govind
    Ten Random Things About Me

    Ten Random Things About Me 1. I have reunited three lost dogs on three occasions. Walking without looking at my phone frees me up to be a busybody. 2. I photograph (unsanctioned) street art.:P 3. I finally broke my addiction to sugar last year. Woohoo! 4. I’m crazy about my niece. She’s my...