(Updated 24 July 2020)
In this Covid-19 pandemic, we are encouraged to know that various members and groups in the Cathedral have gone out of their way to bring tangible relief to others in their difficulty.
Below are some ways that you can help these groups in the Cathedral’s outreach work.
Our volunteers at a local soup kitchen to provide more than 6,500 poor people with meals each day. You can choose to be involved in either one of these 2 aspects to this work:
- preparing the meals in the kitchen (washing, cutting, chopping, cooking, and packing)
- delivering the meals to the people
BEFRIENDING MIGRANT WORKERS
At the start of the Circuit Breaker period, the Cathedral partnered Crisis Relief Alliance(CRA), to alleviate the situation in a number of the 110 factory-converted dormitories where migrant workers (mainly Indian and Bangladeshi) were being attended to by the CRA medical teams. With the financial support raised from members, we were able to provide each worker with a whole-fruits pack and snacks/care pack each week. Volunteers applied precautionary measures and delivered these supplies to an average of 7,400 workers in up to 64 dormitories, weekly.
In post-Circuit Breaker, Phase 2, we adjusted our support so that whole-fruits packs were supplied weekly, to workers who were not yet able to leave their dormitories for work. This week (starting 26 July), we will be completing this relief work of providing supplies to the dormitories. The estimated cost of this project was $200,000 and the actual cost for this work for 15 weeks amounts to $215,000.
All contributions collected through the SAC-CRA Covid-19 Relief fund have been fully disbursed. This special account will soon be closed. We would like to thank all who contributed their funds and shared their efforts in making this relief work possible.
While the work of providing relief supplies is now completed, medical support and counselling for the migrant workers is still carried out by the CRA teams. In addition, the Cathedral’s BMW (Befriending Migrant Workers) Ministry continues to conduct online English Tuition for the workers in their dormitories
The BMW English Tuition Programme
reaches Indian and Bangladeshi workers in their dormitories by providing online conversational English lessons. Each session is for 30 minutes and it is done via WhatsApp video. An average speaker of English will be able to make use of the lesson plans and conduct the sessions from home. Volunteers, especially men, are needed for this work.
On Friday nights (8.30pm – 12midnight), volunteers pair up to walk about the civic district (areas around the Cathedral) to befriend the homeless and to provide rough sleepers with help and support. This Ministry is also looking to organize itself to reach the lonely elderly living in HDB rental flats.
Acts of Kindness
Individuals from St Andrew’s offer their time and resources to support professional social workers in their case work of caring for the needy. This support is for a fixed term and it is mostly in the form of supplying groceries or supplies vouchers to disadvantaged families and children at risk.
Enquiries and Registration
To find out more on the above or to join in this #loveyourneighbour work, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6337 6104 (leave a message and we will call you back).