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Caring for Our Migrant Workers
Inner Wheel Club of Singapore Members were privileged in May to reach out to Migrant Workers who were being relocated to a newly refurbished school. These Migrant workers had been tested for Covid-19, were healthy and belonged to essential services , so they were being separated from their fellow migrants in the dormitories to keep them safe to continue providing the essential services and to keep them well. In order to facilitate their resettlement the local community was asked to step in to support the provision of basic needs. The Inner Wheel Club of Singapore heard about the urgent request and was able, within a very short time, to raise the funds and provide 1000 set Starter packs which comprised of a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap and a small towel.
These packages were delivered on 1st June together with many Thank you cards expressing appreciation for the work these migrants do. As another gesture towards beautifying the new premises, some watercolour paintings were donated by a well wisher. The collection point was the Community Centre in ‘Ulu Pandan’. Due to the ongoing need for social distancing and other restrictions, only three members took delivery of the packages and handed them over to the Community Centre staff.
During the Covid-19 pandemic some socio-economic inequities came to our attention. In particular, the situation of Migrant workers in Singapore. As a result of overcrowded housing the number of infections among migrant workers suddenly spiked which led to a labour shortage in the country as they work in many types of essential services and construction. This project was just one of many that NGOs and government agencies have conducted to improve the health and well-being of these workers. The Inner Wheel Club of Singapore intends to continue to serve this group of persons.