Phy Tran via Crowdrise
June 29, 2011
Evelyn Ang wrote -
There are a lot of migrant workers in Singapore (read: around 900,000!), and the people here sometimes aren't too happy about that. These workers are largely concentrated in the service/domestic-worker and construction industries, and they play a critical role in Singapore's development. But every now and then, heated exchanges in various media channels are sparked off by government policy changes on these workers, most recently around whether domestic workers should have a weekly day off.
It's a complex issue, no doubt -- and set against the backdrop of globalization and increasing migration across the world, Singapore's situation is in many ways not unique.
Our project grew from a simple idea: what if we remind everyone that these migrant workers are people, too, with lives and stories we don't know about? Ordinary people, with families and friends they love, aspirations, and fears. Using the arts and their amazing capacity to connect individuals, we hope that by starting open-minded exchanges we can develop empathy and convince more people that these workers' well-being will ultimately return to benefit us.
So, come August, Project Singapore 2011 (PS11) will bring together 19 college students from 7 countries all over the world, to interact, share best practices, and do something for the people in Singapore. Even better, our team will be working to inspire and mentor local high school students.
If this sounds exciting, please check out our project here: Project Singapore 2011
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