A film by Our Better World.

Since 2014, Backalley Barbers has been offering free haircuts in Geylang, Singapore, for impoverished persons in nursing homes, migrant worker shelters, and rental communities. Young volunteers learn basic hair cutting skills from professionals, and then offer these skills to community members who cannot afford a haircut. The conversations that take place in the process lead to lasting friendships and many shared experiences, building community, one haircut at a time.


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  • Lynn

    So Inspiring! I love how open-hearted these people are and how they are embracing everyone in the community. Just wonderful!

  • Marlana Girlando

    What an inspirational video and inspirational young people. Proof positive that reaching out to people even with a small gesture like a haircut goes a tremendous way towards building feelings of community and friendship.Very heartwarming!

  • Maureen Kammer

    When people reach out to help, love happens and amazing lasting relationships develop. We learn, we grow...

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  • Read about Geylang Adventures, the organization that founded Backalley Barbers. 
  • Learn how The Laundry Project is building community by providing another basic need, clean laundry. 
  • What basic needs exist in your community that you can  impact in a positive way, especially if you join forces with others?

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