TWC2 activity: volunteering

11 03, 2019

The Cuff Road Project 2018

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 11th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

TWC2's Cuff Road Project (TCRP) serves the immediate needs of South Asian male migrant workers. Specifically, these are workers who are awaiting resolution of claims, complaints or investigations they've lodged with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and have no access to paid work from their employers due to injury or salary problems or

5 03, 2019

Why we didn’t help one worker

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 5th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

While we try to help every foreign worker who comes to TWC2 with a problem, our volunteers are realistic enough to know that some workers are not blameless. In such a situation, we modulate the help that we extend. About a month ago, a guy -- let's call him Sham (not his real name)

8 12, 2018

Some days the skies are clear and problems float away

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00December 8th, 2018|Articles, Happenings, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

"Migrant workers volunteer to clean Pasir Ris beach on Saturday" said the headline in the Straits Times, 17 October 2018. Indeed, that's what a large group of TWC2 clients did, led by Irene Ong and Marcel Bandur, joint leaders of our Discover Singapore team. This team organises activities for the workers under our care every

4 12, 2018

To encash two cheques, Raju had to jump through hoops

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00December 4th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

For a long, long time, TWC2 has been calling for electronic payment of salaries to be made mandatory. Giving employers the option to pay in cash allows all sorts of abuses to happen and seriously disadvantages workers when salary is not paid or only partially paid. Workers are left with no evidence as to how

19 11, 2018

Sweaty, busy night at our roadshow

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00November 19th, 2018|Articles, Happenings|

Seven volunteers from TWC2 manned our stall at a migrant worker roadshow on Sunday, 18 December 2018. The humidity was high and everyone was sweaty, more so when workers crowded around our stand, but it was well worth it. We must have given out hundreds of fliers -- maybe a thousand -- all in their

13 07, 2018

One million free meals served — a bittersweet moment for TWC2

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 13th, 2018|Articles, Happenings, News, Press Releases|

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu poses with TWC2's one million meals placard. Bittersweet - that's the exact sentiment here at TWC2 as we commemorate having served one million free meals to needy migrant workers. We give ourselves a pat on the back and celebrate this accomplishment. But we then hunker down

5 07, 2018

$55 a day and the bright side of things

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 5th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Philomène Franssen based on an interview in April 2018 It is quite an unusual story that I got to hear at TWC2's Cuff Road Project food programme, one Monday evening. Indeed, as a volunteer member of the Communications team, when I sign up to interview one of the migrant workers that TWC2 assists, I

26 06, 2018

Mithun’s first 20 minutes with TWC2

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00June 26th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Zhan Nanxin, from an evening in March 2018 Like many other first timers, Sheikh Mohammad Mithun comes to Transient Workers Count Too's Dayspace in Little India unsure of what to expect, hoping for advice and help. What catches our eye is the large bag of medication in his left hand. That's quite unusual. He

3 06, 2018

How our volunteers put injured workers on the road to recovery

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00June 3rd, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

By Cheong Kwok Wy Enshrined in the constitution of the World Health Organisation, the notion of basic healthcare is widely regarded as a fundamental right for every human being. By and large, Singapore does provide that right to every transient worker that comes here, such as through mandatory health insurance. Our Work Injury Compensation Act