Our Campaign Story

ends 25 Apr 2020, 11:59 PM

UPDATE: Thank you all for the overwhelming support - we hit our initial 2,500 goal, then our 5,000 stretch goal in under 3 days. So we're going for broke and raising to 10,000 as our endgame.

Hi all! My 21st birthday's coming up, and there's only one thing that I can ask from you guys. Migrant workers are an often neglected group, and with the COVID-19 situation, things have gotten so much more worrying. To celebrate my 21st, I got together with a few of my April baby friends to organise a fundraiser, where all funds will be directed towards the migrant worker community.

Thousands of workers are being isolated in their dormitories. Fear has been growing amongst workers because of the unsanitary and crowded conditions, and lack of masks. At least 6 workers at S11 Dormitory have shared with Straits Times that "the rooms are infested with cockroaches and toilets are overflowing. Workers have to queue for food with no social distancing measures to keep them apart."

The virus does not discriminate. However, the system we inhabit renders some people more vulnerable. In crises like this, whether that is COVID-19 or the climate crisis, these inequalities become glaring.

If you can afford to, please donate as much as you can. Any amount is appreciated! If you're unable to, it would be lovely if you can help share this initiative with your friends. We'll post updates after the fundraiser!

Stay home, and see you soon(ish).
- Kai Ren, Min Jie, Samira, Tomoe, Zi Fang

About Campaign

Our migrant workers have been affected by COVID-19. In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among the migrant worker community, MWC has started the "Migrants We Care" fundraising campaign for our migrant worker brothers and sisters in Singapore.

1) Ex-Gratia
During the month-long "circuit breaker" period in Singapore, all workplaces except for those providing essential services and those that are able to operate remotely will be suspended to stem the spread of COVID-19. In the unfortunate event that some migrant workers are displaced, a token amount will be given to these affected workers who are unable to recover their salary.

2) Food and Accommodation
Most airlines have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Migrant workers might have to stay in Singapore for an extended period because of flight cancellations. To help our migrant workers cope in this period of uncertainty, part of this fund will be used to provide affected migrant workers with food and accommodation.

3) Daily Necessities
To provide daily necessities like bathroom essential and items to workers who are required to stay in.

About The Charity

The Migrant Workers' Assistance Fund (MWAF) is the humanitarian charity of the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC). MWC assists migrant workers redress employment disputes and furthers education and awareness among them of their employment rights. MWC also promotes migrant workers' social integration as well as their harmonious co-existence with Singaporeans at the workplace and beyond. As case assistance for migrant workers is frequently accompanied by follow-on issues with housing, food and other subsistence costs, the MWAF was set up in 2012 (IPC-certified in 2014) to fund all humanitarian and emergency assistance rendered to MWC case clients - if their employers fail to discharge the duty to care for and protect their own workers. The MWAF allows the MWC to cover and protect vulnerable workers up till their outstanding matters are resolved and concluded, and is a key resource for the MWC in providing proper and adequate help to distressed and victimized migrant workers in Singapore.

SUPPORTED CAUSES
Community
Health
Humanitarian
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