This season of giving

Transient Workers Count Too was happily surprised when two unexpected donations came in in the days leading up to Christmas. Vidula (below, at left) brought a cheque for $10,000 — money she raised by baking 200 cakes and selling them to her friends and contacts. It must have been a hectic few weeks for her....

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Dr Strange, Indian food, lots of heart and money raised.

Beginning in 2012, TWC2 treated foreign workers to a nice meal at its annual fund raising event. This year, for a change, we took them to a movie. So Lunch With Heart becomes  @theMovie on Sunday 4 December 2016. The film: superhero blockbuster Dr Strange. The venue: The Projector, an independent cinema that TWC2 rented...

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TWC2 networks with regional NGOs at Dhaka conference

Alex Au, Treasurer of TWC2, represented Transient Workers Count Too at a back-to-back series of meetings and conferences in Dhaka, Bangladesh, first week of December 2016. First in the series was the General Forum of Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a network of NGOs working on migration-related issues in the region. TWC2 is a full...

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Getting to Bahamas

Transient Workers Count Too launched a custom-developed software application in October 2016. It is a complex matrix that is part-database of volunteers, members, donors and other contacts, part-database of volunteering events, and a whole lot of interactive connections between people and events. We’ve named it Bahamas — Benefactors and Helpers Management System. It will allow...

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Heart at the movie – TWC2s fundraising event

TWC2s annual fundraising drive is on again. Treat a worker or two to a movie (complete with boxed lunch and games) at Movie with Heart, by buying tickets.  The surplus will go towards the cost of providing services such as food and medical care to out-of-job workers who need help. The event is held in...

A million thanks for myriad acts of kindess

We have a lot of pictures like the one above, showing a volunteer doing something for a worker, in this case, registering him for our free meals programme (Cuff Road Project). Indeed, our volunteers are often very busy. Without them, much of our work simply couldn’t be done. But this photo was unusual because the...

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The name of the devil is process: how regulatory process creates and sustains the disempowerment and injustices faced by migrant labour

For a few years now, Transient Workers Count Too has been asked to give a talk to journalists gathered at the annual Asia Journalism Fellowship. The following videos are adapted from the talk that Alex Au gave on 8 September 2016.  There were about 20 journalists in TWC2’s Dayspace, from various Asian countries, Pakistan to...

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Discovering that they’re boys again

“Never before, I touch a fighter jet,” said Dharmaraj, “and sit inside helicopter, pilot seat.”  Meanwhile, Amin just beamed broadly, unable to say which moment was the most interesting for him. They went on Friday 20 May 2016 to the Air Force open house, held at Changi airport. The outing was organised by TWC2’s Discover...

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Dorm operator fined $300,000 for having 10% more occupants than allowed

KT Mesdorm Pte Ltd, the operator of a purpose-built dormitory in the Boon Lay area was recently fined $300,000 for having more than the permitted number of workers living there. Mesdorm pleaded guilty to 30 charges. It is the first dorm operator to be so prosecuted, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a press...

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Do I stay and press my case, or give up and go?

By Mark Lamb Thursday, 5 May 2016. “An emergency” whisks through the room where we’re convening to discuss communication plans for Transient Workers Count Too. My barometer perks up but it is no time for self-interest as this appears to be a serious matter and one of immediate urgency. In a calm but pressing voice,...

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