Our Campaign Story

ends 30 Jun 2020, 11:59 PM

Migrant workers have contributed immensely to Singapore. They have built roads and homes, helped to set up vital infrastructure, kept our neighbourhoods clean, and more. If you're keen to make a difference in keeping our migrant workers safe against the threat of COVID-19, please consider supporting MaskForce!

MaskForce is a community-led initiative mobilising donors, NGOs and the private sector to produce and distribute mask kits to migrant workers and domestic helpers. Each mask kit contains two reusable cloth masks that have a filter pocket as well as one surgical mask, which can be used as a filter. These masks will supplement the masks provided by Government and employers and complement safe distancing measures and hygiene practices that already being implemented and encouraged.

So far, MaskForce has received contributions to provide mask kits to 650,000 individuals. This is enough to cover migrant workers living in dormitories and other kinds of accommodation, and all domestic helpers. As a MaskForce organiser, I am deeply grateful for this outpouring of goodwill.

I know that many more wish to help. Your contribution to MaskForce can help us provide a second and even third round of practical and helpful items to our migrant workers! One of our key partners, the MWC, will help identify migrant work needs and plan distribution of kits.

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
Social Service