Since its launch on Good Friday, 10 April, your support for the Care Meals initiative under the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)—has enabled us to distribute 680,049 Care Meals across 298 Factory-Converted Dormitories (as of time of writing).


Celebrating Hari Raya Puasa with Guest Workers

On behalf of the thousands of guest workers who have benefited from efforts led by AGWO, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for support from partners and donors alike.

As the Ramadan period draws to a close, with the commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa on 23 May 2020, many will have to forgo the traditional communal meals with their families due to the Circuit Breaker measures, despite the occasion typically being marked by joyous communal celebratory meals.

For guest workers who have been gazetted in Factory-Converted Dormitories (FCDs) during this Circuit Breaker period—who are also away from their closest family members and friends—the festive occasion may be especially lonely and difficult this year.

As such, for this coming weekend, we will be commemorating Hari Raya Puasa together with the Muslim guest workers under our care. Under this supplementary project, we will seek to provide a special treat to more than 10,000 guest workers–comprising of Muslims workers and also those from other religious backgrounds. This supplementary project will include a festive meal as well as fruits and other celebratory treats.

As an interreligious and interracial movement, it is our hope that the Muslim guest workers will have the opportunity to commemorate this special and meaningful occasion here in Singapore, despite being far from their families. This initiative is organised with the intention of allowing workers to feel cared for by the Singaporean society, even while they remain gazetted. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, we welcome both in-kind and cash donations.



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.

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:


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.

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. 

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.


The Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) is a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance. On Good Friday, AGWO distributed Care Meals to 9,218 guest workers at 113 factory-converted dormitories (FCDs). In the following days, the average distribution has drastically dropped to about 1,300 Care Meals per day due to the shortage of funds. Moreover, additional FCDs have been added to our list as of this writing. As we aim to help more guest workers and reach out to more FCDs, much more work remains to be done.


This project was initially organised as a 1-day project. However, due to the overwhelming response to care for the guest workers amid this COVID-19 situation, this exercise eventually evolved into a continuous effort during the entire “circuit breaker” period.

With $3 on average and $5 at most (updated as of 24 April owing to high demand of meals, shortage of caterers and lack of fresh produce), we will be able to provide a simple Care Meal for a guest worker. To feed 10,000 guest workers with 2 Care Meals a day, for 30 days, we will require $1,800,000. Beyond food, we are also looking into supplying other food items, hygiene products and medical supplies.


In recent reports, the government has committed to administering the necessary assistance to guest workers, such as the 43 purpose-built dormitories. On the other hand, there are still tens of thousands of guest workers in need of better accommodation and assistance—such as those living temporarily in 1,200 FCDs. Many of them have been financially affected and in need of daily necessities.


After liaising with the network of contacts working on the ground, we have understood the gravity of the situation. We have been working with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) to ensure that our distribution efforts adhere to safe distancing measures and no individuals are placed at risk. 


We are thankful for our partnership with MOM and MWC for engaging us to supply food and essentials to the guest workers. With their invaluable assistance, we have also been able to gain access to these dormitories to distribute Care Meals and essential items to them.
We are also partnering with SATA CommHealth to avail medical assistance, as well as with the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to provide the guest workers with counselling and emotional support.

In addition to Care Meals, the essential supplies that we will be distributing—include food items, basic medication and other necessities to ensure basic hygiene upkeep within dormitories, such as masks, hand sanitisers and soaps.

We earnestly appeal to you to continue in your generous efforts to care for the guest workers amongst us. With your contribution, we will make sure that no guest worker shall starve during this challenging period, and that they will receive the essential supplies they need to keep them safe amidst the COVID-19 situation.




Food Type: Halal, Vegetarian, Chinese



*Total dorms refers to the number of new dorms that are added daily.

*Total zones refers to Collection Points of Care Meals.


May 4 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. 



Organised by: Hope Initiative Alliance, and its movement–Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach

Co-organised by: Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group (CMG) and SowCare

In partnership with: Migrant Workers’ Centre 

In the spirit of: SG Cares and SG United and Singapore Kindness Movement

In collaboration with:

National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre

Inter-Religious Organisation

Singapore Singapore Buddhist Federation



Aberdeen Standard Investments


Hong Leong Foundation

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Trust Fund


Shanghai Pudong Development Bank


Venue sponsors:

TSL Holdings

The Bible Society of Singapore

APRIL 10 2020 Appeal: Additional Care Packs and Resources for Guest Workers

We are very heartened to report to you that we have received a very positive response on the “Good Friday Care Meals for Guest Workers” initiative over the past two days. Because of your generous giving, we will be able to distribute—the first batch of Care Meals—7,000 packets of food to dormitories starting Good Friday, 10 April
(as reported on TodayOnline, dated 9 April).

As there remains much more to be done, HIA has decided to continue its efforts to provide these guest workers with Care Meals and other essential necessities for an extended period of time—as much as we can help—during the “circuit breaker” period.

In recent reports, the government has committed to administering the necessary assistance to guest workers who have been quarantined. Yet, hundreds of thousands of affected guest workers have surpassed those who were housed in dormitories with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Many of them have been financially affected and worried about their job prospects, as well to their health situation in congested dormitories.

After liaising with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach’s network of contacts who are working on the ground, we have understood the gravity of the situation. We have been working with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) and dormitory operators to ensure that the distribution efforts will be in accordance to safe distancing measures and ensure no individuals are placed at risk.

We are also partnering with SATA CommHealth to avail medical assistance, as well as with the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to provide the guest workers with counselling and emotional support.

The essential supplies that we will be distributing—in addition to Care Meals—include food items, basic medication, and other necessities to ensure basic hygiene upkeep within dormitories, such as masks, hand sanitisers, and soaps.

We earnestly appeal to you to continue in your generous efforts to care for the guest workers amongst us. With your contribution, we can make sure that no guest worker shall starve during this challenging period, and that they will receive the essential supplies they need to keep them safe amidst the Covid-19 situation.

We continually urge you to join us in ensuring these individuals in need will receive the necessary assistance. As a vulnerable community who have been separated from their families amidst this trying period, these workers are in need of urgent care, and your partnership will go a long way in meeting their needs. Once again, we thank you for your support and committed efforts to sow good into the lives of the vulnerable.  

APRIL 6 2020 Appeal: Good Friday Care Meals for Guest Workers

Over the past days, guest workers have formed the large majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore. Having lived in densely packed rooms, 20,000 guest workers from the affected dormitories have been placed under quarantine.  


There are around 80,000 to 100,000 guest workers housed in factory-converted dormitories (FCD). On average, there are 10 to 1,000 housed in one FCD alone—who remain especially vulnerable amidst the COVID-19 situation. With stricter regulations, some of them couldn't even leave their premises to obtain food and/or essential supplies to cook.  


In order to meet their urgent needs and assist the government in aiding this vulnerable community, The Alliance of Guest Workers (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance–launched the Good Friday Care Meals for Guest Workers #SowingGoodAmidstAdversity alongside other partnering charities. This initiative followed the SG United Amidst Adversity #CharitiesCaringTogether initiative, which distributed more than 5,000 care packs—comprising surgical masks, hand sanitisers and food items—to at least 5,000 beneficiaries through 50 charities.  


Under Good Friday Care Meals for Guest Workers campaign—which was formed with the aim of demonstrating collective warmth as a nation amidst a challenging period—we sought to feed 20,000 to 30,000 guest workers. Each meal—comprised of rice, gravy and a side of vegetables—cost $2 and were delivered to guest workers in selected dormitories or FCDs, on Good Friday.


As part of this campaign, we also distributed Care Packs to the guest workers. These Care Packs consisted of necessities–such as hand sanitisers, surgical masks and food supplies—that they were unable to obtain due to lack of financial resources amidst the COVID-19 situation. 




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