UWCSEA's long-standing service learning programme is directly aligned with our mission and empowers students to become aware, able and active contributors in Singapore and beyond. Though students were learning remotely due to COVID-19, being home didn't stop them – or the wider College community – from finding ways to support vulnerable communities in Singapore.
Together with our Singapore Service partner organisations including It'sRainingRaincoats, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and HOME, the UWCSEA community kickstarted initiatives to support migrant workers in a variety of ways, working within the limitations of the ‘circuit breaker’. Two of those initiatives are featured here, include a community video project offering messages of support for affected migrant workers and the Phoenix 5K which raised support for migrant workers in an innovative way.
We stand together: Dear Migrant Workers
Despite the obstacles of physical distance, members of the UWCSEA community worked together to express multiple heartfelt messages of support and appreciation in a video dedicated to migrant workers affected by COVID-19. UWCSEA’s community and its members stepped up to show express voices of encouragement and support in unity.
“You are in our hearts
Your families may be far, but people here care
We stand together
We’re with you in spirit
Love to you - and your families
We appreciate all you do for us, and Singapore
Get well soon
We know it's hard for you right now
We are grateful to you
Together, we will get through this
Parents and students from across the UWCSEA community came together to share these heartfelt messages of support and hope – and that we are united in distance.
Phoenix 5K 4 Migrant Workers
Another initiative, Phoenix 5K 4 Migrant Workers created a safe and fun way for the community to show support for migrant workers, by running, biking, walking, rollerblading or swimming a 5K and donating $5 (or more) to support this community in need. Through Ray of Hope, the initiative aims to raise $5,000 for migrant workers through It'sRainingRaincoats. Participants are encouraged to nominate five people via their social media channel to also participate and donate, spreading the reach of the initiative. The UWCSEA community was able to turn ordinary exercise into support for the migrant worker community – motivating each other to stay active while also contributing to a meaningful cause.
Thanks to all of the UWCSEA community members who have supported local communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis – through these initiatives and many others.