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The Challenges Of Transnational Families and Foreign Spouses
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The Challenges Of Transnational Families and Foreign Spouses

Increased physical isolation, to control the spread of COVID-19 have left Foreign Spouses and Transnational Families in very challenging situations. These groups whom we have been tirelessly ministering to, have seen existing challenges amplified during the Circuit Breaker period. Challenges Faced By The Families These existing challenges faced are wide ranging and multi-faceted, mainly, conflicts and breakdowns in relationships, differing child care methods and extended family conflicts. Many of these issues were exacerbated when the circuit breaker occurred. With COVID-19, some clients were unable to go to work or were laid off from their jobs. Some faced financial difficulties and…

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A Catholic who never forgot his interactions with the Migrant Workers
Christopher (far right in black) delivering donated items of hand sanitizers, mask and cleaning agents to the dormitory. Photo: Barang For Your Buck.

A Catholic who never forgot his interactions with the Migrant Workers

When the Circuit Breaker began, the migrant brothers whom Christopher Boey, 30, a Catholic had encountered through his social enterprise - Barang for your Buck (BFYB), was on the top of his mind. BYFB  is a social enterprise that supports migrant workers with low-cost shopping options. “With the number of cases on a rise, I felt the need to do something for them and I could not stop thinking about them.” said Christopher. Prior to COVID-19, Christopher together with vendors, who would register to be part of his flea market events, brought the shopping experience to the migrant workers where…

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How can I Welcome the Migrant Person?

We continue to reflect on the 4 verbs presented by Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. These 4 verbs are also the 4 values that guide us in our ministry towards migrants in Singapore. We invite you to join us in the reflection below! We hope that you can apply these verbs to your life as you encounter the migrant person. Hear from a Catholic family in their sharing of WELCOME:   "Our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and…

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Solidarity Prayer for Migrant Workers

On 1 May 2020, we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker and International Labour Day. With the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic, migrant workers all over the world face many difficulties and challenges, especially because they are away from their families and loved ones. They need our prayerful support to help them survive this global crisis. Hence we invite you to join us in this prayer, as we unite our hearts and voices, we lift up all migrant workers to the Good Lord, who is our Hope and Refuge. *First broadcast on 1 May 2020 on YouTube Production…

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Care For Our Migrant Brothers And Sisters
Skills Development Trainers from the Guitar and English Language courses started home based learning for students.

Care For Our Migrant Brothers And Sisters

With pastoral care at the forefront of our outreach, we spoke to migrant workers, foreign domestic workers, transnational families and foreign spouses to understand the needs of our beneficiaries. Based on our findings, this was our response for the Circuit Breaker Month: Meeting Physical and Social Needs Rallying the help of the Catholic Community, like minded organisations like SocialGifting and the public: "We are grateful that even during the Circuit Breaker period, there are people out there who still reach out to us. God Bless You!" - ACMI Beneficiary Meeting Mental and Emotional Needs We continued to provide case management…

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Thank You! Our Migrant Brothers and Sisters

We called and you responded! We would like to thank all of you who submitted your videos and for helping us in pulling this video of encouragement for migrant workers - Our Brothers and Sisters. Truly, those who received this video have feel less alone and isolated during this time. No longer just workers but friends and brothers and sisters😊 Thank you brothers and sisters. For your presence, for being here with us and for all you’ve done for us. 🤗♥️

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Cook and Bake HOME EDITION

It's been almost 3 months since our Skills Development Courses have been suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We know that many of you can't wait to get back to classes and to learning again. But for the meantime, let's pray and ask God to end the pandemic. Over the course of the last few weeks, some students have been sharing with us videos and photos of their new recipes that they have learnt over the period of the circuit breaker.  Your excitement and enthusiasm to learn have inspired all of us!  Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing with…

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Passing It On To Others Who Need It More
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Passing It On To Others Who Need It More

Our Case Worker - Christopher Yu shares about the generosity and altruism of a migrant family. With the Circuit Breaker extension, our case workers have been calling in to check up on our beneficiaries to ensure that they were given the necessary support – physical, emotional and mental. They had spent the last week calling up families to arrange for a second round of care packs, which ACMI plans to distribute to vulnerable transnational families and migrant individuals. With the many distress calls received and calls going out to families, one of our case workers - Christopher Yu was deeply…

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Reaching out to migrants and transnational families during COVID-19

Partnering with individual donors and organisations, we reached out to migrant workers and transnational families during COVID-19. Many kind hearts have stepped forward to partner with us to offer assistance in kind to vulnerable migrant individuals and families living in Singapore. Many of these vulnerable migrants and families that we reach out to have limited access to local social support. Furthermore, support from their own families and relatives are limited due to travel restrictions and border controls at this time of the Corona virus. ACMI Case Management Ministry distributing Care Packs to clients The case management ministry distributed Care Packs…

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Social Distancing? Staying at home? Why not learn?

Learning is still possible even in the climate of  the COVID-19! Thidar, our student from Skills Development shares with us how she continues to learn even with the suspension of Skills Development classes. Through the encouragement of her employer, Thidar learned new recipes such as Orange Cake and Ciabatta Bread. Thidar shared: "We must never stop learning! With whatever free time you have, you must learn!" The process and her end product! How do you spend your off day? Share with us! Let's fight COVID-19 together! Stay home, do not gather in groups of more than 10 and see a…

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