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Reaching out to migrants and transnational families during COVID-19

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 to our clients – comprised mainly of vulnerable transnational families and foreign spouses.

The Care Pack included – Liquid Vitamin C, surgical face masks, cereal and hand sanitisers. All of these items were provided for by some of our individual donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Hand sanitisers, Vitamin C, Cereal and Surgical masks

 

We hope that through these Care Packs, our clients may have the essentials to protect their families and themselves against the virus.

Some of these families were also  provided with basic cooking tools so that they are able to cook in the home during this period.

All set and ready to give!

Case Worker explaining Care Pack to client

 

Our case workers have also reached out to our clients, both past and present; to offer words of encouragement and advice during this period.

Some have expressed anxieties on the uncertainties over the current pandemic while some remained hopeful and even offered support to our case workers by providing suggestions on where we can get masks.

Providing support to Malaysian workers stranded in Singapore

With Malaysia’s movement restrictions coming to effect on 18 March 2020, many Malaysian workers and their employers in Singapore were made to scramble to find alternative arrangements for accommodation.

Our longstanding partner for our Bread Basket project, Westlite Dormitory had housed Malaysian workers who were stuck in Singapore.

These workers were unable to head home in time to pack their essentials. Westlite Dormitory – Woodlands had put up an urgent request for 30 sets of male clothing for the Malaysian workers.

We reached out to Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), who responded by donating more than 50 sets of male clothing from the SSVP Shop.

Collecting items from SSVP Shop

Delivering items to Westlite – Woodlands Dormitory

Justin Faith Ng and another individual also donated a few sets of male shirts and pants to the workers. In support of the workers, Justin said:” We’re here for you guys, hang in there!”

Malaysian Workers in the dormitory joyfully receiving donated clothes to tide them through Malaysia’s restricted movement order.

*Faces have been blurred out to protect the identity of the beneficiaries.


We’re keen to continue providing support – physical, emotional and mental assistance to vulnerable migrants – workers, families and individuals alike during this period of COVID-19.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. If you know of a migrant (worker, family, individual) who needs support during this time, please provide them with our helpline number 9188 9162. A case worker will attend to their need.
  2. If you would like to reach out and offer support and care to migrant workers at the dormitories or vulnerable transnational families, please email us at acmi@catholic.org.sg
  3. Help a fellow migrant or foreign friend you know who is in Singapore. Call them or even offer a word of encouragement.

This is certainly a challenging and scary time for all of us. But know that we all can do our part to render help to one another. Every effort no matter how small, will go a long way.

Let us remain united and work together and do our part to #flattenthecurve.💪 

We’ll get through this!

#SGUnited💪

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