Since Good Friday, 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 over 1 million Care Meals and 1.2 million Care Packs across 298 Factory-Converted Dormitories.


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. 

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

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.

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)

To achieve this, the AGWO will be working closely with government and corporate agencies such as MOM, MWC, JTC, SATA CommHealth, the Singapore Medical Association, HealthServe, Singapore Sports Council, the Singapore Masters Athletics, SDI Academy, IPP Consulting, as well as trainers who are licenced to teach Microsoft and Adobe Photoshop skills.


The supplementary services to be provided will be:

  1. Professional Legal Services

  2. Entertainment Avenues

  3. Sports Programmes

  4. Education Opportunities

  5. Community integration initiatives

To seek to increase integration levels among guest workers by helping them feel more comfortable while working and living here, the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) will work with religious organisations and social integration agencies to meet their needs that fall within the ambit of cultural and religious parameters.


In order to effectively achieve our goals in the next phase of our initiatives in bettering the living and working conditions of workers here, we encourage you to partner with us in making their dreams a reality.


Alternatively, you can donate through contacting us at (+65) 6304 3486.


Thank you once again for your generosity. Your donations will go a long way in improving the lives of workers here.

Measures for Dormitory Residents
to Enjoy Safe Rest Days (12 Aug 2020)

   As MOM has cleared all dormitories[1] on 11 Aug, the next step is to work towards allowing dormitory residents to leave for leisure and personal errands, while keeping them safe from Covid-19.  MOM recognises that such social activity is important for the mental well-being of the residents.  The eventual goal is to allow residents from cleared dorms to enjoy their rest days without movement restrictions.   


2. We will move towards this goal in a measured way because we need to ensure that the residents and the broader community are kept safe and healthy.  We also bear in mind the lessons learnt from other countries’ reopenings that led to new waves of Covid-19 infection. To this end, MOM has engaged employers, NGOs, Dormitory Operators and Recreation Centre operators to coordinate this important undertaking.


3. MOM will start small-scale trials this month for residents from selected cleared dormitories to visit Recreation Centres on their rest days for personal errands such as buying groceries, SIM cards and remitting money. 


4. To reduce crowding outside the dormitories on rest days, residents’ exits will be spread out across each day.  This will be done by residents needing to apply for a Dormitory Exit Pass through their SGWorkPass app, which will provide a specific exit timeslot.  Residents in participating dormitories that meet all the following criteria will be granted an Exit Pass:

  • Has recovered from Covid-19, or has a negative swab test result within 14 days prior to the exit date;

  • Not be on Quarantine Order or Stay Home Notice;

  • Is staying in a cleared dormitory;

  • Has installed and registered TraceTogether; and

  • Chooses an Exit Pass timeslot with available vacancies.


5. The trials will allow us to refine the Exit Pass arrangements so as to progressively ramp up the number of participating dormitories over the next two months.  Details of the eventual Exit Pass arrangements will be announced in due course.  We aim to have all dormitory residents able to apply for Exit Passes to visit Recreation Centres in October 2020.  The limits on exit duration and destinations will be reviewed after October 2020, taking into account Covid-19 transmission trends then.


6. BCA, EDB and ESG, with the support of industry associations, have also announced measures to stagger the rest days of their workers so as to help reduce crowding.  We also welcome community and NGO efforts to expand programmes and initiatives in the dormitories so that there are more options for the residents during their rest day.


7. We appreciate workers' and employers’ co-operation over these last 4 months and understand their anxieties.  We seek the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure that dormitory residents can eventually enjoy their rest day safely.



Issued by:


Ministry of Manpower

Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI)

Association of Process Industry (ASPRI) 

Dormitory Association of Singapore Limited (DASL)

Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL)

Alliance of Guest Workers’ Outreach (AGWO, an initiative of Hope Initiative Alliance)

Crisis Relief Alliance (CRA)

Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)

ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR)

Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC)

Sama Sama

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) 


12 Aug 2020


[1] A dormitory is “cleared” when all its residents have either recovered from, or have been tested to be free from Covid-19.  New infections can still occur.  If our monitoring picks up potential infections, all at-risk residents will be quickly isolated and quarantined as a precautionary measure.


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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