While not a media project, Creatives for Aid turned out to be the most meaningful thing I worked on in 2020.
On 13 April 2020, as the COVID-19 situation in the migrant worker dormitories was escalating, a few of us from the creative industry realised that we possessed skills that could be put to good use by providing temporary assistance to COVID-19 logistical aid efforts. Most of us were freelancers who had time to spare, having had most of our engagements postponed or cancelled.
I offered to do up the form (like I did previously for ilostmygig, an effort to tabulate freelancer losses). Somehow, beyond the loose set of individual volunteers I thought it’ll be, it evolved into a full-fledged community effort within a short time, as needs started flooding in.
Partnering with Migrant Matters, we ended up providing support for aid organisations like Hope Initiative Alliance, It’s Raining Raincoats, Covid Migrant Support Coalition, Healthserve, Project Kind Heart Asia, and Touch Home Care who had been providing for dorms and old folks. We also provided needed items for some hospitals like Tan Tock Seng, Ng Teng Fong and National University Hospital, who were low on resources.
By the end of May, the group had a pool of ~170 helpers donating, driving, packing and working specific cases, led by a 10-person strong core team, liaising with organisations, taking inventory, bargaining wholesale, and coordinating transport, among others. We worked off a central Airtable database and Google Drive, keeping meticulous workflows to minimise in-person contact and get things done.