SINGAPORE – From cricket to futsal to kayaking, migrant workers took part in a myriad of activities on Saturday, December 18 to celebrate International Migrants Day.
Over the past week, dormitory operators, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and volunteer groups distributed care kits, organized field trips and organized physical and online activities to mark the occasion.
This culminated in a series of events being held over the weekend.
Despite the specter of Covid-19 still looming, all eight migrant worker recreation centers across the island were bustling with life as workers competed in sports, collected gifts, digged into sponsored meals and enjoyed live performances. direct.
Safety supervisor John Peter, who lives in temporary quarters on a construction site, was all smiles as he met friends for the first time in over a year at the Migrant Workers’ Center (MWC ) of Soon Lee Road.
“Today is International Migrants Day. It’s my day and I enjoyed it with my friends,” said the 30-year-old Indian national.
Mr. Tung Yui Fai, head of the Insurance, Care and Engagement Group at the Ministry of Manpower, said that planning for this week’s celebrations took about two months.
âThis year in particular, we have made an effort to try to have several activities not only in the recreation centers, but also in the dormitories and in the community,â he said.
Earlier today, 44 migrant workers from the Tampines Dormitory and private residences around Little India and Outram were joined by residents of Tampines Changkat as they paddled around the Marina Reservoir by kayak, picking up marine litter in the process.
At The Cage in Turf City, teams of six dormitories operated by Westlite Accommodation competed in a charity cricket tournament that raised funds for migrant worker NGO HealthServe.