Episodes #05 and #06
In the third week of “Poverty No More”, we focus on migrant workers who have come to Singapore to escape poverty in their own countries, but upon arrival find themselves in dire straits – without work and a place to live. Some have been cheated by rogue employment agents and scammed by companies, arriving in Singapore only to find that a promised job doesn’t exist. Others are injured and can not work. And still others have gone long periods without receiving the wages owed them.
VIDEO — One Moment of Glory (OMG) on Channel 5
Irene Ang and The Flying Dutchman join a community arts project in the Punggol heartlands with Social Creatives, then visit Little India to check out The Cuff Road Project and meet some of the foreign workers who rely on it for their daily bread. Watch here.
The Cuff Road Project provides meals to these homeless and jobless migrant workers in restaurants, in a safe clean environment where the men can eat with dignity.
At the time that these two segments of “Poverty No More” originally aired in mid-2010, the programme was in jeopardy due to a sharp increase in the number of men seeking food. Listeners stepped up, putting TCRP back on a firmer financial footing. The programme still relies on public donations and volunteers, though, so your support is always needed and greatly appreciated.
MAKE A DONATION
If you would like to help, you can make a donation online or write a cheque made payable to “Transient Workers Count Too”. Please write “for the Cuff Road Project” on the back. TWC2’s postal address is Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex #06-27, Singapore 199588.
If you would like to volunteer or donate fruit or other in-kind items, please contact TWC2.
- Learn more about TCRP, including stories from volunteers and the men seeking assistance.
- “It’s Not Just About Providing Food” – a profile of one man written by a TCRP volunteer and published in The Online Citizen (12 July 2010)
- “Migrant Workers in Singapore” – reflections by Linette Lim, a student volunteer.
- Read the Executive Summary of “Justice Delayed, Justice Denied”
- Media Release about how The Cuff Road Project is in jeopardy
- “Soup Kitchen Running Dry,” TODAY (15 July 2010)
- More podcasts and resources in Season 2 of “Poverty No More”
ORGANISATIONS working on Migrant Worker issues:
More resources can be found at concern.sg.