Causes

Raising funds to help Muslim migrant workers

In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need - and those who go out of their way to meet these needs. This is part of a series on noteworthy causes The Straits Times is spotlighting.

Crowdfunding campaign #SGMuslims4 MigrantWorkers was started by two women, Ms Shirin Chua (on laptop screen) and Ms Ameera Begum. The campaign, which had an initial target of $10,000, has raised $58,000 in five weeks. Bangladeshi migrant worker Motin
Crowdfunding campaign #SGMuslims4 MigrantWorkers was started by two women, Ms Shirin Chua (on laptop screen) and Ms Ameera Begum. The campaign, which had an initial target of $10,000, has raised $58,000 in five weeks. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Crowdfunding campaign #SGMuslims4 MigrantWorkers was started by two women, Ms Shirin Chua (on laptop screen) and Ms Ameera Begum. The campaign, which had an initial target of $10,000, has raised $58,000 in five weeks. Bangladeshi migrant worker Motin
Bangladeshi migrant worker Motin Abdul collecting his free meal at Isthana Restaurant in Rowell Road. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour and the cost of his surgery and hospital stay is estimated at between $38,000 and $46,000.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Crowdfunding campaign #SGMuslims4 MigrantWorkers was started by two women, Ms Shirin Chua (on laptop screen) and Ms Ameera Begum. The campaign, which had an initial target of $10,000, has raised $58,000 in five weeks. Bangladeshi migrant worker Motin
The Isthana Restaurant is one of five eateries that are part of the Transient Workers Count Too's meal programme, which feeds up to 800 particularly destitute foreign workers monthly, including non-Muslims.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

A Singaporean pair who launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for Muslim migrant workers in Singapore said they are surprised that the sum has hit more than $58,000 in five weeks.

Ms Shirin Chua and Ms Ameera Begum, both 30, started the #SGMuslims4MigrantWorkers campaign on crowdfunding website LaunchGood, on May 19. The crowdfunding platform focuses on the Muslim community worldwide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Raising funds to help Muslim migrant workers Causes'. Subscribe