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ABOUT US

ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR) is an initiative that aims to improve the
lives of migrant
workers in Singapore, by building bridges to
strengthen their integration into our
community, city and country. We employ authentic and nimble strategies to help
improve the quality of the workers’ lives and make them feel
valued, appreciated, safe
and welcome in Singapore. Our raincoat emblem symbolizes the protection we provide
them from their metaphorical thunderstorms. ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR) is an initiative
that aims to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore, by building bridges to
strengthen their integration into our community, city and country. We employ authentic
and nimble strategies to help
improve the quality of the workers’ lives and make them feel valued, appreciated, safe
and welcome in Singapore. Our raincoat emblem symbolizes the protection we provide
them from their metaphorical thunderstorms.

OUR STORY SO FAR

ItsRainingRaincoats started in 2015. Prior to that, our founder Dipa Swaminathan had been
helping migrant workers in her personal capacity.

In late 2014, she found 2 migrant workers on her road getting drenched in a thunder storm
as she drove past. Destiny made her stop, pick them up in her car and take them home to
allow them to take refuge from the rain. She gave them some hot coffee and food to eat,
some dry clothes to change into and sent them on their way after the rain stopped. She also
passed them what would turn out to be a very valuable gift, a small piece of paper with her
personal number should they every require any help.

A few months later, one of those two workers attempted to commit suicide because he
hadn’t been paid his wages for 6 months. Attempted suicide was a criminal offence back
then. When the police found Murugan, the only number he had with him in his wallet was
the little scrap of paper from Dipa. The police called Dipa and asked her if she could post
bail for Murugan. Dipa not only did that, she took up his case with the police and got them
to drop all charges against Murugan while his employer was made to pay up all amounts
due. Murugan was back at Dipa’s gate a month later, like a man reborn and full of gratitude.
This episode was a powerful lesson for Dipa, one that made her realize that with very little
effort, she could make an impactful difference in the life of a worker in need.

President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy

In 2017, just 2 years after it all started, our
founder, Ms Dipa Swaminathan, was the proud
recipient of the President’s Award for volunteerism
and philanthropy in the Kampong Spirit Category.
It’s an honor for ItsRainingRaincoats to be
recognised as setting benchmarks of excellence in
encouraging the spirit of giving in Singapore.

On-going programs

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What we’re aiming for

MISSIONS AND GOALS

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Protect
workers from their metaphoric
thunderstorms and the various issues they
face be it salary problems, medical
problems, injuries or other issues.
Engage
with stakeholders, donors, volunteers,
workers, companies and others to build a
strong ecosystem and village for the
migrant workers to thrive in.
Connect
building bridges to connect residents of
singapore and MWs suing creative and
imaginative strategies that are simple to
get behind.
Grow
organise initiatives for the welfare of our
migrant workers to increase as well as
find ways for our initiative to sustain and
grow.

Support our initiative

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

For Individuals
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For Corporate
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For Youth & Educational Organization
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Contribute to our initiative

HOW TO DONATE

You can make a difference to a migrant worker’s life by supporting any of our activities.
We accept both monetary contributions and donations in kind.

Contributions made to ItsRainingRaincoats go towards funding both round-the-year
programmes and special drives that we organise from time to time.

What drives our patrons is the immediate impact they see of their contributions in
improving the lives of migrant workers — either in meeting their daily needs or bringing joy
on special occasions.

To make a financial contribution, you can head to the website of our partner, Ray of Hope.
The funds raised are used to purchase essentials, meals, data cards, and other items that
workers require, or goodies during festivals.

If you wish to donate in kind — care packs, essentials, meals, etc. — you can email
itsrainingraincoats@gmail.com

If you wish to discuss a financial contribution, you can email dipa@itsrainingraincoats.com

Join us and participate

ONGOING & UPCOMING EVENTS

Many of our regular activities have been put on hold because of Covid-19. As Singapore gradually re-opens, we will
restart many of these activities. Stay tuned on how you can get involved.

ongoing

Starbucks

Happening year-round, our volunteers pick up unsold food across nearly 50 Starbucks... Read More

please contact Melissa at +65 9747 0858.

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Hari Raya

Join us in helping our migrant worker brothers celebrate Hari Raya! You can choose to help... Read More

ongoing

MADWISH

An initiative started to teach our migrant workers English... Read More

ongoing

Makan with Migrant Workers

Makan with Migrant workers is an initiative organised by ItsRainingRaincoats... Read More

ongoing

Data Cards

Our ongoing data card drive supports migrant workers with data top-ups on their mobile phones... Read More

please contact Dora at +65 8168 3167.

ongoing

NextGen

Are you a young Singaporean looking for ways to help out the migrant worker community... Read More

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