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Geylang Adventures

We explore the community and understand it as an ecosystem with different groups of people co-existing with one another. With our love for preserving this delicate ecosystem, we seek to support the various groups by doing a range of projects. Come discover more of what we do.

Migrant Mission

Taking time to appreciate our nation builders

Migrant workers are a huge part of the Geylang community. Most of them have built the infrastructure we enjoy in Singapore brick by brick. Yet, we shun them and treat them as outsiders, even to the point of marginalization. To show our gratitude, we organize projects to work with the migrant worker community in one small way or another.

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Be kind,
for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

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Mission

We're on a Mission to discover heartland adventures and support causes close to our hearts

Community

We involve like-minded people to collaborate with us, where they have a chance to use their skills to give back

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We care about our neighborhood and the people in it

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2 days ago

Geylang Adventures

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#Repost NUS Pro Bono Group

Over the weekend, as our concluding activity for PBAW 2018, we held our learning journey, the “Geylang Trial”, in collaboration with Geylang Adventures, a social enterprise that focuses on migrant worker issues amongst others. We had the pleasure of having 2 SMU Law students and 1 working adult (all 3 of whom we had no prior contact with but had them signing up due to their interest in our event upon receiving our PBAW invite to SMU) join us on this mini local expedition.

To describe the experience as enlightening would not do justice to the revelations and discoveries we had (both literally and figuratively). We manoeuvred through back alleys and the entire stretch of an even-numbered Lorong from start to end (DM us if you are clueless about the hoo-ha of even-numbered Lorongs in Geylang). We witnessed first-hand the notorious sex trade (ofc not the transactions in action) as well as the blatant sale of contraband items such as sex drugs. By exploring spaces, stories of the spaces and stories of the people occupying these spaces, we examined the living community, types of businesses as well as demographics of people in Geylang. We learnt to make reasonable deductions by activating all our senses in astutely observing our surroundings ranging from body language to number of air-con vents and amount of laundry. We experienced the cynical juxtaposition of salvation and sin given the sheer number of clans and associations that co-exist with the legalized brothels and illegal activities within the same space. We learnt that the social stigma of Geylang manifests in the economics of Geylang, and analysed the implications of the 4 key post-Litte India riot measures on the development of Geylang post-2013 as well as its future narrative.

We dedicate our learning to Mr. Cai Yinzhou, founder of Geylang Adventures and our tour guide for that night, for leading our explorations and discussions, and grounding our learning in historical incidents, current affairs as well as legal and social science concepts. To champion pro bono and social causes, remember to take a closer look at a different strata of our own society.'
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4 days ago

Geylang Adventures

A group of about 10 migrant workers have voluntarily asked to help clean up the beach at Pasir Ris Park on Saturday, with the blessings of NParks.

The workers, mostly from Bangladesh, are a mix of those suffering from work injuries or awaiting resolution of salary disputes. They are no longer able to work in the meantime.

Despite being unemployed and without income, these men have selflessly asked to do their part and give back to Singapore.

TWC2 assists these workers with their salary and injury claims and provides daily free meals, legal help, as well as outings to places of interest, amongst other services.

While migrant workers are often seen as a faceless commodity or statistic, coordinator of TWC2’s Discover Singapore team, Marcel Bandur, feels we should instead view them as a contributor to our lives and community.

"It’s important to acknowledge that migrant workers are active, responsible and important members of our society. They also care about the cleanliness of our beaches and parks,” he said.Migrant workers are cleaning Pasir Ris Park for free! What? Yes! But you can reward them for their hard work. Please help and share!

There is nothing unusual about migrant workers cleaning up the beach in Singapore, except a few are doing it willingly for free.

A group of about 10 migrant workers have voluntarily asked to help clean up the beach at Pasir Ris Park on Saturday, with the blessings of NParks.

The workers, mostly from Bangladesh, are a mix of those suffering from work injuries or awaiting resolution of salary disputes. They are no longer able to work in the meantime.

Despite being unemployed and without income, these men have selflessly asked to do their part and give back to Singapore.

They approached Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) with the idea of a beach clean-up as something they wanted to do since they had time and energy to spare.

TWC2 assists these workers with their salary and injury claims and provides daily free meals, legal help, as well as outings to places of interest, amongst other services.

While migrant workers are often seen as a faceless commodity or statistic, coordinator of TWC2’s Discover Singapore team, Marcel Bandur, feels we should instead view them as a contributor to our lives and community.

"It’s important to acknowledge that migrant workers are active, responsible and important members of our society. They also care about the cleanliness of our beaches and parks,” he said.

He added that this is a side of migrant workers few Singaporeans get to see and hopes the initiative will help bridge the gap.

- Treating workers to a Lunch with Heart -

The majority of workers assisted by TWC2 wait anywhere between a few months up to over a year for their problems to be resolved.

Few Singaporeans are aware of the potential issues that injured workers face, such as attempts by their employers to coverup workplace accidents and denial of medical care.

Although the beach clean-up is a worker-led initiative with them not expecting anything in return, TWC2 hopes the public will reward the workers with an equally kind gesture.

TWC2’s “Lunch with Heart 2018” event seeks to treat workers to a buffet meal with entertainment and prizes as part of International Migrants Day in December. It is also an annual fund-raising event for the charity.

The public can buy tickets at $80 each for workers to attend the lunch. Those who relish the rare opportunity to eat and spend time with migrant workers can also buy a ticket for themselves at $75 each.

Tickets are on sale now via Giving.sg:
www.giving.sg/twc2/lunch_with_heart_2018
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