A couple weekends ago I volunteered for ItsRainingRaincoats, an NGO which helps Migrant Workers in Singapore since 2015 but had been especially crucial during the pandemics. IRR has been arranging thousands of meals and providing care packs, data card top ups and essentials to tens of thousands of migrant workers the past few months since the Covid-19 outbreak began. Migrants workers cannot leave their dorms outside of work so cannot go in town to buy some of their essentials.

It has also help brightened their day off by offering outings (organizing buses for them to see the Christmas lights on Orchard -that they install but rarely see) and for the past month and next month in coordination with the minister of manpower (MOM), Singapore Flyer (they open 3 hours earlier) and donations from individuals, a chance for them to have a ride on the Flyer and see from above the city that they basically built.

ItsRainingRaincoats was founded by Dipa Swaminathan, a Harvard educated lawyer and Singaporean, in 2015. It is an initiative for the benefit of migrant workers. IRR aims to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore, and build bridges to strengthen their integration into our broader community by using imaginative, innovative, authentic and nimble strategies. The raincoat symbolises the protection IRR provides them from their metaphorical thunderstorms. IRR has won various awards including the President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy in 2017.

I really encourage you to read the genesis of the project founded by Dipa here: https://www.facebook.com/thepeopleofsingapore/photos/a.344984128941348/701309176642173/

Seeing the twinkle in their eyes (it’s harder to see the smile on their faces with the masks) will chaperoning them thru the exhibition was the best reward. We sometimes forget the freedom of movement we get to have.Even if we think we are stuck on this island, we are still very much free to go wherever and whenever we want.

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