In our extremely fast paced Singapore, we seldom notice those outside of our daily activities. Often without a second thought, we pass by those busy building our houses and keeping our streets clean. However, they too have their own needs: many of our migrant workers have left their families behind to make a living in Singapore. Like Jai* they often feel invisible and need friendship and support.

Jai is a migrant worker who came to Singapore 2001. He tried to adjust to this new life away from his family, but loneliness crept up on him. He started drowning his sorrows with alcohol. To fuel his addiction, Jai borrowed large sums of money and chalked up a huge debt which he struggled to pay off.

With his problems mounting, Jai approached The Salvation Army Sojourn to seek help to get out of his predicament. With the practical assistance and counselling provided by Sojourn, Jai gradually broke free from his drinking habit and eventually paid off his debt. A changed man, he even started volunteering with Sojourn to help others lead a more fulfilling life.

In addition to helping migrant workers living in purpose-built dormitories, Sojourn recently expanded its reach to those living in factory-converted dormitories around Little India. Our new premise within Sojourn Café, at 14 Flanders Square, performs a dual role as a soup kitchen for malnourished migrant workers and as a help desk for those requiring our support and assistance.

The Salvation Army will continue to be there for migrant workers and other struggling beneficiaries who need a helping hand. Please join us and support our work by donating via one of these options:

– Scan the PayNow QR code below with your bank’s mobile application.
– Donate online

*To protect the identity of our beneficiary, his name has been changed and a volunteer model was used in the photograph.