URGENT APPEAL

Since its launch on Good Friday, 10 April, your support for the Care Meals initiative under the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)—has enabled the distribution of 446,779 Care Meals across 267 Factory-Converted Dormitories (as of time of writing). In continuation of AGWO’s Care Meals initiative, SowCare—a charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS)—will continue to render more holistic care for the guest workers by supporting the below distribution initiative.

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On behalf of the thousands of guest workers who have benefited from efforts led by the Alliance of Guest Workers (AGWO)–a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)–we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for support from partners and donors alike.

As the Ramadan period draws to a close, with the commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa on 23 May 2020, many will have to forgo the traditional communal meals with their families due to the Circuit Breaker measures, despite the occasion typically being marked by joyous communal celebratory meals.

For guest workers who have been gazetted in Factory-Converted Dormitories (FCDs) during this Circuit Breaker period—who are also away from their closest family members and friends—the festive occasion may be especially lonely and difficult this year.

As such, for this coming weekend, we will be commemorating Hari Raya Puasa together with the Muslim guest workers under our care. Under this supplementary project, we will seek to provide a special treat to more than 10,000 guest workers–comprising of Muslims workers and also those from other religious backgrounds. This supplementary project will include a festive meal as well as fruits and other celebratory treats.

As an interreligious and interracial movement, it is our hope that the Muslim guest workers will have the opportunity to commemorate this special and meaningful occasion here in Singapore, despite being far from their families. This initiative is organised with the intention of allowing workers to feel cared for by the Singaporean society, even while they remain gazetted. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, we welcome both in-kind and cash donations. Please refer to the details below for the following donation options.

For donations through giving.sg, visit:
www.giving.sg/hope-initiative-alliance/guestworkers

For donations made via bank transfer:
Account Name: Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach
Account Number: 012-902631-0
Bank Name: DBS Bank Ltd

For donations made using PayNow, scan the QR code available at hia.sg/guestworkers

PayNow users may scan this QR code or key in the UEN No: T04SS0054D

For cheque donations:

  • Write the cheque to Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach
  • Indicate at the back of the cheque (i) your name (ii) contact number (iii) the purpose of donation
  • Mail the cheque to: 101 Eunos Avenue 3, TSL Building, #07-10, Singapore 409835

Alternatively, you may bank the cheque at the ATM machine. Our bank details are as follows:
Account Name: Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach
Account Number: 012-902631-0
Bank Name: DBS Bank Ltd

For further queries concerning in-kind donations, please do reach out to us at our hotline (6304 3486) or at covid19@hia.sg. Additionally, you can share this post with your friends to support alongside us in creating greater awareness of the needs on the ground.

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Official Press Release (22 May 2020)
 
The Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) organises a two-day celebration for guest workers gazetted across 110 dormitories, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa
 
SINGAPORE—The Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO), a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance—an interracial and interreligious platform for charities to provide holistic care for the vulnerable—will provide two special deliveries to about 110 dormitories with 7,000 guest workers on 23 and 24 May, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa.
 
On Saturday, 23 May, other than the regular care meals, both Muslim and non-Muslim guest workers will each receive an extra pack of other foodstuffs. Additionally, on Sunday, 24 May, guest workers will receive the enhanced meal—three times the usual value—as well as new sarongs and extra snacks.
 
This Hari Raya Puasa initiative is in partnership with the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO), and Singapore Bangladesh Society. This initiative is also organised in spirit of SG Cares, SG United and Singapore Kindness Movement. The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin will be joining the distribution efforts as the Guest of Honour.
 
Marking the conclusion of Ramadan on 24 May, a simple ceremony will also be held at one of the dormitories that has been receiving daily Care Meals from AGWO-HIA over the circuit breaker period. The Deputy Mufti, Ustaz Dr Mohammad Hannan Hassan, will also be present to say a prayer to bless the guest workers.
 
The Hari Raya Puasa initiative follows previous festive distribution efforts, conducted on Good Friday and Vesak Day. AGWO-HIA has also facilitated guest workers’ observance of the Ramadan period through supplying breakfast items. These are supplementary projects to the regular Care Meal distribution—launched on 10 April—that aims to supply guest workers residing in FCDs with two meals per day, throughout the circuit breaker period.
 
Complying with the circuit breaker regulations, extra precautionary measures such as safe distancing, temperature-taking and contact tracing will also be implemented at the respective premises involved. It is the priority of the AGWO-HIA to ensure the safety of all participants.
 
As an interreligious and interracial organisation, AGWO-HIA is committed to ensuring the needs of guest workers of all backgrounds are duly met, even amidst the COVID-19 situation. As Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa are important hallmark events for Muslims, it is our hope that the initiative will reiterate the importance of guest workers’ well-being, and be a collective national gesture of care towards them.
 
More information about the projects may be found at hia.sg/guestworkers. For more enquiries, please do email info@hia.sg. If you should wish to support future projects under AGWO-HIA , kindly contact Mr Aaron Fun at aaron.fun@hia.sg.

PAST APPEAL

4 May 2020 Appeal: Festive Care Packs @ Vesak/Ramadan 

Since its launch on Good Friday, 10 April, your support for the Care Meals initiative under the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)—has enabled us to distribute 446,779 Care Meals across 267 Factory-Converted Dormitories (as of time of writing).

In continuation of this AGWO’s Care Meals initiative, SowCare—a charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS)—will continue to render more holistic care for the guest workers by supporting the ‘Festive Care Packs @ Vesak/Ramadan’ distribution initiative. 

As an interreligious and interracial platform, AGWO launches this collaborative project with the aim to enable guest workers to celebrate their respective festivals, knowing that the Singaporean community cares for them. The ‘Festive Care Packs @ Vesak/Ramadan’ initiative will supplement the daily Care Meals distribution, which has been done twice per day since Good Friday, 10 April.

On Vesak Day, 7 May—aside from the Care Meals—we also seek to reach 12,000 guest workers with additional Care Packs across over 260 dormitories. These Care Packs will include the most essential items they need, as reported by AGWO contacts on the ground. The items are as follows: 

  • Category 1 [Food]: Fresh and dried fruits (i.e. apples, oranges and dates),

  • Category 2 [Breakfast Items]: Bread, milk, coffee and tea sachets, 

  • Category 3 [Medical Supplies]: 12,000 sets of vitamin supplements, and 3,000 medical kits (which will be shared between workers within the same room),

  • Category 4 [Hygiene Products]: Surgical masks, hand sanitisers, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes). 

Given that Vesak Day also coincides with the Ramadan period, “fast-breaking meals” such as dates will also be distributed to 4,000 Muslim guest workers across 260 dormitories.

In order to meet the needs of these guest workers in a sustainable manner, we are continuing our efforts to raise funds, as well as collect donations in kind. 

We will also require a minimum of 120 volunteers to serve as (1) drivers to distribute the Care Packs across 260 dormitories on the day itself, (2) packers to put together the Care Packs ahead of Vesak Day, and (3) administrative volunteers to help coordinate and respond to calls for support from FCDs. If you wish to join as a volunteer, please sign up at hia.sg/volunteers. 

To support the initiative and to make donations online, please visit  hia.sg/guestworkers.

Cheque donations can be addressed to the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach. 

(At the back of the cheque, please indicate “HIA Festive Care Packs @ Vesak Day/Ramadan”)

For bank transfer, below are the following details:
Account Name : Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach

Account Number : 0129026310

Bank Name : DBS

For donations in kind and further queries, please do reach out to us at our hotline (6304 3486) or covid19@sowcare.sg. Additionally, you can share this post with your friends to create greater awareness of the needs on the ground. 

We appeal to you to partner with us so that these guest workers who have been gazetted in dormitories—while remaining far from their families—will be able to commemorate these special occasions. Once again, we thank you for your continued support. 

Organised by: Hope Initiative Alliance 

Co-organised by: Singapore Press Holdings’ Chinese Media Group (CMG) and SowCare

In partnership with: Migrant Workers’ Centre 

In the spirit of: SG Cares and SG United and Singapore Kindness Movement

PAST APPEAL

24 April 2020 Appeal: Sowing Care for the Homeless - Inns Keeper Project

In order to care for the homeless amidst the COVID-19 situation, SowCare—the charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore—has been working closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in setting up Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3P).

SowCare has set up temporary shelters for the homeless at S3P@7 Armenian Street and is working towards setting up another transient shelter at MacPherson. Through this initiative to serve the rough sleepers, SowCare has been raising funds and collecting in-kind donations to provide these rough sleepers with holistic care through basic essentials, while working to provide them with a permanent roof over their heads. 

Beyond the temporary S3P shelter at Armenian Street, we are also in the process of setting up a more permanent Transient Shelter at MacPherson. This will also serve as an integrated social service hub for the poor and needy in the neighbourhood.

As a member of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)—an aggregator of assistance and services among hundreds of organisations and associates—SowCare will also be supporting HIA in responding to New Hope Community Services’ appeal, to assist in providing holistic care for 200 homeless individuals through The Innkeepers’ Project. Other partnering organisations include Methodist Welfare Services, Montfort Care and Singapore Kindness Movement.

Under The Innkeepers’ Project, 200 homeless individuals will be temporarily housed in HDB estates. With each flat being able to accommodate two to four persons, there will be scores of units being utilised.

In support of this project and as a member of HIA, SowCare will assist HIA in rendering services and resources, as well as providing a team of individuals to tend to these homeless individuals, while also handling logistical and administrative tasks. SowCare is also helping HIA to collect in-kind donations.

While we are working to provide holistic 24-hour care for the homeless—inclusive of food, hygiene essentials and medical assistance—we also require these most needed items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, bedsheets, towels and many more. Owing to hygiene purposes and the COVID-19 situation, new and unused items are preferred. To make in-kind donations and arrange delivery, please contact us at our hotline 6304 3486.

To further support these projects for the Homeless Community amidst the COVID-19 situation, and to make donations, visit www.sowcare.sg/donate. For further queries, reach out to us at covid19@sowcare.sg.

Cheque donations can be addressed to SowCare Ltd, 7 Armenian Street, Bible House, Singapore 179932.
(At the back of the cheque, please indicate “Sowcare for Homeless”)

For bank transfer, below are the following details:

Account Name : Sowcare Ltd
Account Number : 033-905817-3
Bank Name : DBS Bank Ltd

Let us rally together as one Body of Christ to care for the ones who are most vulnerable and in need. Your generous giving will go a long way in allowing these often overlooked and neglected individuals, to know that they matter and are cared for.

PAST APPEAL

April 17 2020 Appeal: Sowing Care for the Homless Amidst COVID-19

Apart from the guest worker community, rough sleepers are another group-at-risk amidst the Covid-19 situation in Singapore. 

In a 2019 report titled Homeless in Singapore: Results from a Nationwide Street Count by Assistant Professor Ng Kok Hoe of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy found that there are actually an estimated 1,000 individuals without a roof over their heads. Without a home, they are unable to stay home and stay safe—as a result, they are constantly exposed to the novel coronavirus. As beaches and parks are no longer accessible, rough sleepers are now struggling to find a place to sleep and are highly susceptible to contracting the virus.

In order to care for these homeless individuals, SowCarea charity of The Bible Society of Singapore, and a partnering member organisation of the Hope Initiative Allianceis working with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to advocate temporal Safe Sound Sleeping Place (S3P) throughout the Circuit Breaker period.

Other than providing S3P at Bible House, SowCare is also working with various Christian organisations to avail temporal facilities where homeless individuals can seek refuge throughout the Circuit Breaker period. During this entire course, we are also looking at giving them a small allowance or ex gratia to sustain their needs. Necessary resources are also greatly needed in order to provide holistic care for them.

To support our efforts for the Homeless Community amidst the COVID-19 situation, and to make donations click the donate button.  For queries, reach out to us at covid19@sowcare.sg

Cheque donations can be addressed to SowCare Ltd, 7 Armenian Street, Bible House, Singapore 179932.
(At the back of the cheque, please indicate “Sowcare for Homeless”)

For bank transfer, below are the following details:
Account Name : Sowcare Ltd
Account Number : 033-905817-3
Bank Name : DBS Bank Ltd

Below is the list of necessary items that the Homeless Community need the most—100 sets of these items are ideally required to better facilitate their needs. To donate in kind and for further queries, call our hotline at 6304 3486. Please call us before sending these below items:

  • Mattresses
  • Mattress Covers
  • Comforters 
  • Quilts
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Blankets 
  • Towels
  • Body Washes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Men’s and Women’s Clothing

(Owing to hygiene purposes and the COVID-19 situation, new and unused are preferred.)

Let us rally together as one Body of Christ to sow care for the ones who are most in need. Your generous giving will impact the lives of the vulnerable especially in this trying period. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

PAST INITIATIVES

SG UNITED AMIDST ADVERSITY
#CharitiesCaringTogether

Vulnerable communities amongs us – such as the homeless community, elderly, people with disabilities, residents of halfway houses, the poor and needy, as well as the guest workers – often face financial difficulties that prevent them from acquiring daily essentials. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their difficulties, especially now that they also need surgical masks, hand sanitisers and food supplies.

As part of out nationwide initiative to assist more than 5,000 vulnerable and marginalised individuals amidst the COVID-19 situation, SOwCare has partnered with Hope Initiative Alliance to launch SG United Amidst Adversity – an initiative supported by SG United, SG Cares, Singapore Kindness Movement. and Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore.

Through this initiative, we aim to distribute surgical masks, hand sanitisers and food packs to an estimated 50 partnering organisations. The supplies will be handed over to our partners at the Inaugural launch ceremony.

 

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Here are some of our very thankful recipients of the SG United Amidst Adversity #CharitiesCaringTogether care packs! Under the SGUAA joint initiative by HIA and SowCare, these 5,000 care packs—which were lovingly packed by nearly 200 volunteers in a single day—consist of surgical masks, hand sanitisers and essential food items.

FEASTS OF APPRECIATION

  • An inaugural ‘Feast of Appreciation’ on 13 October 2019, at the Fullerton Hotel—a feast to appreciate guest workers, with dormitory owners, government officials and AGWO partners. The event will also launch the series of feasts in the last quarter of 2019 throughout Singapore, culminating with the Guest Workers Appreciation Day on 18 December 2019.

On 31 May 2019, SowCare and Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with the pioneering partners of the AGWO—this officiates the sharing of resources and collaboration of various joint initiatives to seek the betterment of guest workers in Singapore.

Immediate preliminary events to be anticipated include:

  • The AGWO Cricket Cup on 28 October 2019—a cricket tournament to provide guest workers with an avenue for leisure and enjoyment.
  • A guest workers exhibition from 20 to 29 September 2019, at Far East Plaza—featuring interactive demonstrations that will showcase guest workers’ daily work, with opportunities for the public to experience their work.

SOWCARE LTD.

UEN No.: 201918865M​