Debbie Fordyce, the coordinator of The Cuff Road Project, has been named International Woman of the Year by the American Women’s Association of Singapore.
After visiting with destitute migrant workers who were sleeping on footpaths in Little India two years ago, Debbie helped start The Cuff Road Project, which has since served more than 170,000 restaurant meals to jobless workers in safe clean environments where the men can eat with dignity.
Debbie works on a full-time volunteer basis, running the project and assisting participants with their cases, which often includes visits to the Ministry of Manpower, hospitals and the courthouse.
Here at ONE (SINGAPORE), we are extremely proud of Debbie! She works tirelessly to assist men who have come to Singapore to escape poverty in their home communities, but along the way have been scammed by employment agents, not paid due wages by their employers and suffered severe injuries.
Debbie Fordyce, featured in a Lianhe Zaobao article
Glenn Ong, Jean Danker, Vernetta Lopez and Lavinia Tan were just a few of the good folks who joined the team at FoodXervices for ONE (SINGAPORE)’s second Every ONE Can charity warehouse sale in March 2010 . . . this time in benefit of displaced Singaporeans.
The event generated food donations with a retail value of approximately S$8500. New Hope Community Services, which provides shelter and other services to homeless families and individuals, distributed the proceeds. NHCS also assisted Project Kyrie, which delivers food to people in need (among other projects). This was our second Every ONE Can warehouse sale and was held this time on a Sunday. Proceeds were not as great as the first time. Next time we’ll return the event to a Saturday afternoon, when there’s more foot traffic. Speaking of which, we’re targeting Saturday 16 October for the third installment.
Much thanks to FoodXervices and their great staff who came in to work extra hours to make this happen.
Thanks as well to our partners – the social enterprise Gift and Take as well as the Evercare Welfare Centre – who joined us. Gift and Take sells merchandise made by abused women in Singapore, landmine victims in Cambodia and low-income families across southeast Asia. The Evercare Welfare Centre is a dynamic grassroots organisation that provides crucial services to its community.
Take a look at some of the pictures on ONE (SINGAPORE)’s Flickr site and more pix here on Facebook.
Every ONE Can feeds a hungry person. Every ONE Can Stand Up and Make a Difference. Every ONE Can Make Poverty History!