Foreign spouses and their children having fun at MacRitchie Reservoir.Foreign spouses and their children having fun at MacRitchie Reservoir.Blessed with fine weather at MacRitchie Reservoir on Nov 12, more than 40 foreign spouses, some with children in tow, got together and had a chance to get away from their daily routines.

The women who are spouses of Singaporeans, come from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

During the outing, they took part in games, won prizes, had lunch together and mingled.

The event was part of the foreign spouse programme, which aims to foster bonding among participants and help build mutual support.

The support group is an initiative of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI). Formed in June last year, the group is steadily growing.

ACMI will be holding the gathering every year for them to meet and develop their network of friends in Singapore.

Coming from abroad, the foreign spouses usually have a need to improve their language skills particularly in English and Mandarin. ACMI conducts classes for them.

For more information on ACMI and the work it does, visit their website at www.acmi.org.sg

By Don Gurugay

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