tKampung

tKampung is an overseas community service initiative in Tembusu College that aims to improve the living conditions of villages in less developed countries. Support will be provided through volunteering to create a life-enhancing sustainable environment for local villagers to be more independent and resourceful in different aspects of life. The group aims to impart skills and knowledge that supports livelihood in villages, as well as to engage the volunteers actively in the planning and conducting of the programme with the villagers. The team is working with Firefly Mission (FFM), a registered society in Singapore with focus on the children living in the Shwegyin Yourth Development Centre (YDC), Myanmar. YDC is the home for 160 children aged 3 to 18 years, comprising orphans, and also children from broken/dysfunctional families from the minority tribes.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.