When we first come to Singapore as an expat, we are amazed by how clean, organized and convenient it is. We see the gleaming skyscrapers, the beautiful conservation houses and the exotic cars on the road.
Leading an expat life in Singapore is a privilege, one that most of us don’t even have in our own countries. Singapore gives us a cushy life, with big salaries, international school for our children, spacious houses and sometimes even helpers to cook and clean for us.
But for many local Singaporeans, life is hard. Many struggle to make ends meet and need help to survive from week to week. There are those who are old, afflicted and shunned by their families, women who are abused and victims of domestic violence, young girls whose families cannot afford to pay for their education and families that have fallen on hard times and don’t know where their next meal will come from. Foreign domestic workers make up a large proportion of the transient population of Singapore. But many don’t even get their basic rights and end up in shelters having suffered abuse and even violence.