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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

TWC2 social work team invited by employer to give a talk to staff

Bright Vision Hospital requested Transient Workers Count Too to give a talk to the work permit holders on their payroll. As any model employer would, Bright Vision wanted their employees informed of their rights and responsibilities. TWCS’2 social work associate Jason Lee (black shirt, centre right) delivered the talk on Thursday 28 April. We had...

TWC2 hosts nearly 200 students in a single week in March

The second week of March 2016 was a busy week for TWC2 volunteers, as nearly 200 students from two schools came to us for a Day School programme. However, Day School is not just for school students. Occasionally there have been groups of civil servants. Most of the time though, it is junior college and...

Lunch with Heart raises record amount for TWC2

Transient Workers Count Too held our annual benefit lunch (Lunch with Heart) Sunday 13 December 2015. We sold a record 335 tickets, raising over $33,000 — also a new record. Most well-wishers donated back their tickets so that we could invite workers on their behalf to have a good meal. A total of 100 domestic...