In Harmony With All

As our Skills Development classes come to an end for the first semester of 2021, we posed a few questions to Ivan Wong, who has been our resident guitar teacher for 4 semesters! Our two guitar instructors, Ivan Wong and Anthony Fabian, giving a final refresher on the students' final performance piece Q: Hello Ivan, nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about yourself? A: Hello! I'm just an average guy, working 9 to 5 at a chemical company. Q: Well, how did you get to know about ACMI? What made you pick up teaching guitar? A: In a…

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Amongst All Of Us

With our Abundant and Better Life Abroad (AbBA) values formation programme for migrants currently open for registration, we speak to Sr Mel Benedictos, who handles formation for migrants for ACMI. AbBA's Reunion Party in 2019. Sr Mel Benedictos is in charge of Formation for migrants at ACMI (pictured here in 2nd row, 2nd from left) What does it really mean to find meaning in my life? How can I find value in the work I do? How can I find a community, in a place that is so foreign to me? Sr Mel Benedictos is supporting many foreign domestic workers…

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The Sun Will Shine Again

After our Spiritual Living Through Art (SLTA) programme, we spoke to Maria, an Indonesian domestic worker who has been in Singapore for 13 years, as she shared about the difficulties of the present, and the hope she sees for the future. Maria showing her artwork to the class One of ACMI's Formation programmes, the SLTA workshop provides an afternoon of creative relaxation and reflection, which is geared towards mental and emotional wellness to migrants who might be stressed and tired in their work.The theme for this SLTA Workshop was: "Grateful for the Present, Hopeful for the Future", and was specially…

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A Beautiful Response of Love

A community of different faiths come together to do small things out of love   Ms. Jennifer Yeo was having a conversation with a senior doctor of NUS when this opportunity came to her. Hearing that the senior doctor, representing NUHS for the Multiministeral Taskforce, was in charge of 90,000 migrant workers from various dorms. Ms. Yeo’s heart of compassion wanted to do something for the workers.   items in the care packs Migrant workers who were in quarantine, out of quarantine or battling COVID-19 needed items that could keep themselves and their dormitory clean like hand sanitizers, wet wipes…

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Integration – Going Beyond Understanding Differences

We continue to reflect on the 4 verbs presented by Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Calls for integration, goes beyond understanding the differences of another culture and practice. It takes effort and time to walk and journey with others. Integration requires sharing, giving and receiving what we have with another. Join us in the reflection below: Mike Arents from The Netherlands shares his experiences going beyond recoginising differences to becoming vulnerable and sharing his life with Singaporeans in the community: "Our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be…

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Is Money The Only Way To Help A 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. Giving money to someone to help them through their difficulties is simple and is quick. But how many have gone ahead encourage another person to grow in their gifts and talents? Or even to face up to their fears and try something new? Join us in the reflection below: Thidar, from Myanmar shares about her experience of growth working in Singapore. She strives to help her fellow foreign workers, foster communication and understanding with their employers…

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What Does It Mean To Protect A 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. When you think of the word protect, what often comes to mind? Is it someone of strength protecting the weak? It is often intimidating to put to practice when we think of it in such terms. But often, we practice the virtue of protect in our daily living - Be it looking out for our loved ones or doing our best at a task at hand. Join us in the reflection below: Hear a sharing of…

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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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