Over the past two months, two youth groups — Soaplution led by a group of Civic Internship students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and an initiative fronted by a group of NUS students — started projects to assemble care packs for migrant workers. They took care of everything from the logistics to the packing. And while they did not get the chance to personally distribute the packs to each worker, they were thankful for the opportunity to work with community groups and play a part in doing their bit for migrant workers.
“Teamwork makes the dream work! Together with our 29 volunteers led by six student leaders, we managed to pack 204 care packs, of which 48 were given to the migrant workers still residing at Kismis Apartments, next to Ngee Ann Poly. The remaining care packs will be going out to different dormitories, including factory converted ones, where there are still migrant workers being quarantined. Our volunteers and donors have all pitched in, giving their time and effort to offer a SOAP-lution! Working with Soap Cycling Singapore made me see the reality of the standard of living in migrant worker dormitories and the need for good hygiene.” ~ Melissa Low, Mass Communication, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
“I’d just completed an internship with Soap Cycling Singapore over my summer break. But one thing left unfulfilled was being able to experience the entire process of collecting soap from hotels, recycling them and distributing them to our migrant workers community. When my friends from the Engineering faculty and I were discussing about a project (for a particular module), I decided to share about Soap Cycling. My friends were very keen with wanting to thank the migrant workers with a welfare pack, especially to encourage them through this tough season of COVID-19. Also, we thought that we could help raise awareness of Soap Cycling’s recycling efforts by seeking new partnerships with other hotels. As a team, we are glad to be able to partner with Soap Cycling to complete an entire round of collections and processing – and we hope that the migrant workers would love this small gift!” ~ Joanne Chan, School of Engineering, N.U.S