Our Campaign Story

ends 26 Apr 2020, 11:59 PM

Dear friend,

Hope you are keeping safe during these challenging times. As I might have a little more of your attention today, I wanted to make a personal appeal for your help with supporting migrant workers in Singapore.

The migrant worker community here has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, representing c. 40% (and growing) of total cases so far, with over 50,000 workers quarantined across 7 worker dormitories. Not only are they far from their families, their living conditions are crowded and personal protection gear are scarce. Those who are quarantined are under immense psychological pressure and those who are not face stigma while continuing to provide essential services to keep Singapore running.

Migrant workers are more vulnerable due to the inherent societal inequalities and their lack of resources. During epidemics, these inequalities become even starker.

If you are able to donate, any amount would be greatly appreciated. These funds will be used to provide meals, accommodation, daily necessities, and financial support for workers whose jobs have been affected. If you are unable to donate, even just sharing this campaign with your network would be so much help.

Your support means the world to me, and I will reach out to catch up if I can identify who you are. To see the world come together to support each other and fight COVID-19 would be a dream come true.

Thank you all. Feeling truly blessed to have your attention.

Love and virtual hugs,
Viola

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.

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