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Sivam's saints

On the evening of Thursday, 2 July 2015, Subbaiah Ramasivam flew home to Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, a very happy man. He was still slapping himself to make sure he wasn’t dreaming it all. In his pocket were slightly over two thousand dollars, money that less than a week earlier, he thought he’d never see again....

TWC2 opens Day Space -- to rest, learn, serve and grow

As the organisation grows, having adequate space is always a challenge. In June 2015, an opportunity came up: the space above one of the restaurants where we serve our free meals under the Cuff Road Project became available. With rent at a very reasonable rate, TWC2 took it over for use as our Day Space....

Human rights paper compares TWC2 with government-linked Migrant Workers Centre

Four students from the National University of Singapore did a comparative study of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) for a paper on human rights earlier this year. A copy of their work came to us and some of their key observations are discussed here. In the study, they noted that...

Marine workers earn less than working at McDonald’s

By William Chin I was told that working in the marine industry is a lucrative segment, which pays higher than an average job. Economics 101 teaches that jobs that are dangerous would pay more than an average job to draw applicants. That is until one evening, when I meet the trio of Uddin Mohin, Md...

Elayaraja's hopeful beginning... and bitter end

“Oh you share your name with the wonderful Tamil music director,” I try to break the ice as he nods, unimpressed at my remark. Elayaraja is from Killaipichavaram, a village near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, India.  He was earning about 10,000 Rupees per month (around $200) in India, from fishing. I ask him what brought...