Festive Care Packs for Vesak Day and Ramadan 

5 & 7 May, 23 & 24 May 2020 

Given that Vesak Day and Ramadan fell within the circuit breaker period, the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) – a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance – and its partnering organisations, donors and volunteers came together to care for guest workers commemorating these occasions, by providing them with Festive Care Packs. This project – which supplemented the regular Care Meals distribution – sought to provide 12,000 guest workers with Care Packs across 260 dormitories. The Care Packs included fruits, dried ration items, medical supplies, hygiene products, and a lot more. 

  

On 5 and 7 May 2020, nearly 300 volunteers – consisting of packers and drivers – came down to the collection points – Bible House at 7 Armenian Street, as well as Sower Hub at TSL 101 – to help distribute the Festive Care Packs nationwide. We were greatly encouraged by the participation of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin; MP of Tanjong Pagar GRC, Ms Joan Pereira; Mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Denise Phua; Chairman of Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), Mr Yeo Guat Kwang; General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, Dr William Wan; and Bishop Terry Kee, President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore. We are also grateful for the partnership of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore, and Singapore Buddhist Federation in this exercise. 

“It is certainly heartening to see Singaporeans coming together to support our guest workers through such community ground-up initiatives. It is my hope that more of us will continue to support such efforts and work together through this trying period.” —Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament 

“The migrant workers are doing their part by heeding the measures of the government. What we can do is come together to make their lives happier by distributing food, hand sanitisers, and medical supplies to them. Everybody is in this together.”  –Ms Joan Pereira, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC  

  

“Our actions will always speak louder than words, and put together—regardless of our language, race or religion, or background—this is the right thing to do. We can only overcome this difficult time if we do it together… taking action, dirtying our hands, giving up money and resources wherever possible, to make things better.”  – Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central CDC  

  

“At a point of time when people feel most forgotten and uncared for—is exactly when it is vital that we remind them that we are a community. Only when we are united in our efforts, can we overcome this global pandemic and its repercussions.”  —Rev Ezekiel Tan, President of Hope Initiative Alliance 

  

“We are glad to have partnered HIA/AGWO, together with several supporting organisations to celebrate Vesak and Ramadan with our migrant brothers and sisters who are residing in the factory converted dormitories. Jointly, we have...showed care and reminded our migrant friends to continue to practice personal hygiene to protect themselves.” —Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, Chairman of MWC 

  

“Through our actions, we are loving our neighbours as ourselves. It is also a wonderful opportunity for churches to work together as one, in cooperation with those of other faiths—demonstrating how we can work for the common good of Singapore.” —Bishop Terry Kee, President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore  

On 23 and 24 May 2020, the initiative also conducted two special deliveries to about 7,000 guest workers from over 110 factory-converted dormitories, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa. Other than the regular Care Meals, both Muslim and non-Muslim guest workers received extra packs of other foodstuffs, enhanced meals – three times the usual value – as well as new sarongs and extra snacks. The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin joined the distribution efforts as the Guest of Honour. We are thankful for the partnership of MWC, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO), and Singapore Bangladesh Society. 

  

We are also grateful for the embassies of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, who also helped raise support and contributed donation items. 

PARTNERS

  • National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre 

  • Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore 

  • Singapore Buddhist Federation 

  • Ministry of Manpower 

  • Migrant Workers’ Centre  

  • Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura  

  • Singapore Bangladesh Society 

  • Bangladesh High Commission, Singapore 

  • Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore 

  • Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Singapore 

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Official Press Release (22 May 2020) 

The Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) organises a two-day celebration for guest workers gazetted across 110 dormitories, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa 

SINGAPORE—The Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO), a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance—an interracial and interreligious platform for charities to provide holistic care for the vulnerable—will provide two special deliveries to about 110 dormitories with 7,000 guest workers on 23 and 24 May, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa. 

  

On Saturday, 23 May, other than the regular care meals, both Muslim and non-Muslim guest workers will each receive an extra pack of other foodstuffs. Additionally, on Sunday, 24 May, guest workers will receive the enhanced meal—three times the usual value—as well as new sarongs and extra snacks. 

  

This Hari Raya Puasa initiative is in partnership with the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO), and Singapore Bangladesh Society. This initiative is also organised in spirit of SG Cares, SG United and Singapore Kindness Movement. The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin will be joining the distribution efforts as the Guest of Honour. 

  

Marking the conclusion of Ramadan on 24 May, a simple ceremony will also be held at one of the dormitories that has been receiving daily Care Meals from AGWO-HIA over the circuit breaker period. The Deputy Mufti, Ustaz Dr Mohammad Hannan Hassan, will also be present to say a prayer to bless the guest workers. 

  

The Hari Raya Puasa initiative follows previous festive distribution efforts, conducted on Good Friday and Vesak Day. AGWO-HIA has also facilitated guest workers’ observance of the Ramadan period through supplying breakfast items. These are supplementary projects to the regular Care Meal distribution—launched on 10 April—that aims to supply guest workers residing in FCDs with two meals per day, throughout the circuit breaker period. 

  

Complying with the circuit breaker regulations, extra precautionary measures such as safe distancing, temperature-taking and contact tracing will also be implemented at the respective premises involved. It is the priority of the AGWO-HIA to ensure the safety of all participants. 

  

As an interreligious and interracial organisation, AGWO-HIA is committed to ensuring the needs of guest workers of all backgrounds are duly met, even amidst the COVID-19 situation. As Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa are important hallmark events for Muslims, it is our hope that the initiative will reiterate the importance of guest workers’ well-being, and be a collective national gesture of care towards them. 

  

More information about the projects may be found at hia.sg/guestworkers. For more enquiries, please do email info@hia.sg. If you should wish to support future projects under AGWO-HIA , kindly contact Mr Aaron Fun at aaron.fun@hia.sg

Appeal: Celebrating Hari Raya Puasa with Guest Workers 

As of 1 July 2020, the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) has delivered more than 1 million Care Meals to guest workers across more than 250 dormitories. Over the past few months, we commemorated milestones such as the 500,000th Care Meal and 1,000,000th Care Meal distributed on 17 May and 24 June respectively.  

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While Singapore adjusts to Phase 2 and measures have been relaxed, the systemic and long-enduring struggles faced by guest workers remain.  

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The AGWO will be beginning to ease into meeting more than just the guest workers’ meals. We will be offering them other holistic services,  such as mental health services, computer literacy classes and more.  

To support the initiative and to make donations online, please refer to the details below. 

Cheque donations can be addressed to the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach.  

(At the back of the cheque, please indicate (i) Your Name (ii) Contact Number (iii) The Purpose of Donation

  

Mail the cheque to: 101 Eunos Avenue 3, TSL Building, #07-10, Singapore 409835 

Alternatively, you may bank the cheque at the ATM machine. 

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For bank transfer, below are the following details: 
Account Name : Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach 

Account Number : 0129026310 

Bank Name : DBS 

Alternatively, you may also donate through our fundraising campaigns: 

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PayNow users may scan this QR code or key in the UEN No: T04SS0054D 

All donations are voluntary, non-refundable and non-tax deductible. If the appeal faces oversubscription and/or if the project should change due to unforeseen circumstances, we are committed to reallocating the remaining funds to similar projects. 

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For donations in kind and further queries, please do reach out to us at our hotline (6304 3486) or covid19@hia.sg. Additionally, you can share this post with your friends to create greater awareness of the needs on the ground.  

  

We appeal to you to partner with us so that these guest workers who have been gazetted in dormitories—while remaining far from their families—will be able to commemorate these special occasions. Once again, we thank you for your continued support.  

4 May 2020 Appeal: Festive Care Packs @ Vesak/Ramadan 

As an interreligious and interracial platform, AGWO launched this collaborative project with the aim to ensure that guest workers have the opportunity to celebrate their respective religious festivals. The ‘Festive Care Packs @ Vesak/Ramadan’ initiative will supplement the daily Care Meals distribution, which has been done twice per day since Good Friday, 10 April. 

  

On Vesak Day, 7 May—aside from the Care Meals—we also sought to reach 12,000 guest workers with additional Care Packs across over 260 dormitories. These Care Packs included the most essential items they need, as reported by AGWO contacts on the ground. The items are as follows:  

  • Category 1 [Food]: Fresh and dried fruits (i.e. apples, oranges and dates), 

  • Category 2 [Breakfast Items]: Bread, milk, coffee and tea sachets,  

  • Category 3 [Medical Supplies]: Vitamin supplements and medical kits. 

  • Category 4 [Hygiene Products]: Surgical masks, hand sanitisers, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes).  

Given that Vesak Day also coincided with the Ramadan period, “fast-breaking meals” such as dates were also distributed to 4,000 Muslim guest workers across 260 dormitories. 

  

In order to meet the needs of these guest workers in a sustainable manner, we are continuing our efforts to raise funds, as well as collect donations in kind.  

  

We thank our nearly 300 volunteers who served as (1) drivers to distribute the Care Packs across 260 dormitories on the day itself, (2) packers to put together the Care Packs ahead of Vesak Day, and (3) administrative volunteers to help coordinate and respond to calls for support from FCDs. If you wish to join as a volunteer for our future initiatives, please sign up at hia.sg/volunteers.  

For donations in kind and further queries, please do reach out to us at our hotline (6304 3486) or covid19@hia.sg. Additionally, you can share this post with your friends to create greater awareness of the needs on the ground.  

We appeal to you to partner with us so that these guest workers who have been gazetted in dormitories—while remaining far from their families—will be able to commemorate these special occasions. Once again, we thank you for your continued support.  

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CONTACT US

The Sower Hub #07-10, 101 Eunos Ave 3,

Singapore 409835

Tel : +65 6304 3486

Whatsapp : +65 9193 0118

Email : info@hia.sg

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