(Un) Popular opinion: Some Singaporeans can’t seem to understand the plight of migrant workers during the pandemic. #Checkyourprivilege.
*Cues screenshots of unsavoury Facebook user comments on why migrant workers should be sent back to their homes to reduce the case-count in Singapore.*
With the spike in Covid-19 cases where more than 50 per cent of the victims are migrant workers, we can do our part to show them our support. Quick suggestion: If you’re feeling generous this month, donate part / all of the government payout we’re getting.
We’ve rounded up five places where you can donate to help Singapore’s migrant workers during this time:
Founded in 1994, this international non-profit organisation has in the past 25 years helped survivors of human trafficking, slavery and abuse. The Singapore arm of this organisation is currently raising $50,000 via giving.sg for the migrant workers.
It’s easy to donate, simply go to https://bit.ly/3ewTFYx to do so. You can donate in tiers of $20, $50, $100 and $200.
SG Climate Rally
You’ve probably heard about them last year when they organised the first Singapore Climate Rally at The Speakers’ Corner. Well, these guys are still pushing the boundaries with their migrant worker crowd-sourcing initiative.
While they’re not a charity organisation, they are rallying for all kinds of donations (cash, cleaning supplies, necessities, etc.) via social media. Here’s how: Access this Google Sheet and choose what you want to donate. Next, reach out to the person-in-charge or go to the listed websites to make your donations.
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14 July 2018, a street party to celebrate serving 1 million meals at The Cuff Road Project: a bittersweet moment for @twc2sg . Bitter, because no one should need these meals. It took 6 years for TWC2 to serve 500,000 meals to migrants with injury cases and/or salary disputes (incidentally my first day on the job), and only 4 years more to reach a million. Not exactly a comforting fact. But also sweet. I’ve met volunteers I deeply respect for their creativity, determination, and heart. I’d never seen Singapore’s streets come as alive as on Saturday evening. It was vibrant, mesmerising, and wonderfully human. So proud. –> http://meals.twc2.org.sg
Another quick way to help is to donate to TWC2 (Transient Workers Count Too), a local non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to improving conditions for low-wage migrant workers.
They accept three forms of payment: E-payment, cheque and bank transfer. You can donate any amount you like. To put your mind at ease, they break down the dollars and cents for you, explaining where your money goes to.
So if you haven’t, donate here now!
This is an initiative by Blossom World Society, a charity organisation that was granted Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. Partnering with Its Raining Raincoats, the charity is raising funds to cater daily meals for migrant workers.
They are also working with the Restaurant Association of Singapore to improve the quality of meals catered for the migrant workers.
Belanja your migrant worker buddies here.
Covid Migrant Support Coalition
Non-profit organisations Geylang Adventures, ItsRainingRaincoats, Singapore Migrant Friends and Migrant x Me have joined hands to raise funds and facilitate the provision of basic needs to migrant families in dormitories in Singapore during the Circuit Breaker period.
The campaign aims to raise $300,000 for the affected migrant community. It will see to their immediate needs, meaningful occupational engagement and curating learning resources for them. The money raised won’t be a one-off support. Migrant workers will be self-sufficient being equipped with new self-care skills.
Head to https://rayofhope.sg/campaign/covid-19-migrant-support-coalition/ to donate!