The plight of foreign workers living in dormitories has been in the spotlight recently, with the staggering number of Covid-19 cases linked to dormitories in Singapore. At press time, over 8,000 migrant workers living in dorms have tested positive for the coronavirus, making up the majority of the cases in Singapore. As of Apr 23, there are 21 dormitories declared as isolation areas, which means workers living there have to be quarantined in their rooms for 14 days.
Alarming headline numbers aside, the Covid-19 outbreak in dorms has brought to light the less-than-ideal living conditions of some of these lodgings (one room can house up to 12 to 20 people), and the financial uncertainty that looms for these workers.
It’s all rather grim, but charity organisations and individuals have stepped up to help foreign workers and to raise funds for their basic necessities, meals and even programmes to aid their mental well-being.
Want to lend a helping hand? Here are a few ways to do it.