Woman orders $100 worth of food for foreign workers stuck in Punggol dormitory. Here's how you can help others like them

Migrant workers mostly from Bangladesh queue to collect free masks and have their temperatures checked in Singapore on Feb 23, 2020.
PHOTO: Reuters

[UPDATED, April 19]:

As the numbers for new Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Singapore, particularly amongst foreign workers in Singapore where a record 654 new patients were announced on Thursday (April 16), Singaporeans have rallied to provide help and assistance.

One GrabFood delivery rider, Twitter user @Mxhdlskandar, tweeted about a delivery he made on behalf of customer, Eve Tan.

He shared screenshots of his conversation with her on Tuesday (April 14) where she made an order of $100 worth of food to be delivered to the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, which has been gazetted as an isolation site, with a note that the order was "for the Bangladeshi quarantined there or working staff"[sic].

While sending food in a personal capacity to the dormitories is definitely well-intentioned, there may be on-ground logistical issues to consider when it comes to donations of food.

Hi all, getting multiple reports of people sending food to the big dorms that are now effectively under gahmen...

Posted by Lim Jialiang on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Aside from these personal efforts, many other community groups have also rallied together to organise fundraisers and volunteer efforts that would meet the needs of the foreign workers in Singapore during this period.

You may also be deciding whether or not to donate your solidarity payout, or to volunteer with organisations that have knowledge and direct access to foreign workers living in Singapore and are most aware of their current pressing needs.

For those looking to donate their time or money, here's how you can help:

1. ItsRainingRaincoats

Choose from a wide array of projects and initiatives that the non-profit organisation conducts to help migrant workers during Covid-19.

You can donate towards healthy meals or specific needs that workers have, send supplies like toiletries, nutritious snacks, treats and sanitisers, or conduct virtual English tutoring lessons for workers.

Click here for the full list of initiatives.

2. Migrant Workers' Centre

The non-governmental organisation is raising funds to buy daily necessities like bathroom essentials for migrant workers who are required to stay in and to provide food and accommodation to those whose flights home were cancelled.

The money will also be disbursed to migrant workers who are not receiving a salary because of the circuit breaker.

Click here to contribute.

3. Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics

Basic healthcare, emergency financial assistance, housing, food and travel for migrant workers is what the charity is raising funds for during this period.

Click here to contribute.

4. Hope Initiative Alliance

Under the banner of #HomeForAll, several non-governmental organisations, government agencies and citizens are gathering funds to distribute care meals, raise hygiene standards and provide internet connectivity to workers.

Click here to contribute.

5. SDI Academy

The social enterprise is looking for sponsors keen on providing access to a learning app with customised courses like English, computer literacy, financial literacy and mental well-being.

You can also contribute towards welfare packages comprising hand sanitisers, masks, rice, oil, biscuits, instant noodles and puffed rice.

Click here to contribute.

6. Migrant Worker Benificiary Print Sale by SG Photographers

Eight photographers have banded together to sell their prints with all proceeds going towards the Covid Migrant Support Coalition, comprising Migrant X Me, ItsRainingRaincoats, Citizen Adventures and Singapore Migrant Friends.

Click here to purchase prints.

7. Utopia SG

The crowdfunding campaign by Preeti Nair, also known as Preetipls, will be raising funds for non-governmental organisations, HealthServe and Transient Workers Count Too.

8. Soap Cycling Singapore

SoapCycling is aiming to distribute 20,000 bars of soap to migrant workers and low income populations.

Click here to contribute.

Mutual Aid Hub has also compiled a constantly-updated list of non-governmental organisations that are working towards meeting migrant worker's needs during this Covid-19 period that you can refer to for more ways that you can contribute.

For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here.

seowkailun@asiaone.com