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BY THE numbers ABOUT THE PROJECT

The number of new cases handled by TWC2 via The Cuff Road Project last year, up from 2,165 in 2012.

The Cuff Road Project was started in March 2008, by American Debbie Fordyceand a group of friends.

Its purpose was to help feed needy migrant workers here.

The idea came about after Ms Fordyce, who lives here, and her friends spoke to homeless migrant workers in Little India.

They learnt that many were in need of food and shelter after being left in the lurch by their employers.

This project focuses on helping migrant workers who are involved in employment disputes, are injured, or are without family here.

The food is prepared mainly by two restaurants in Little India serving South Indian and Bangladeshi food.

It is paid for by public donations.

Before the project, most migrant workers visited temples here in the hope of food, said volunteer Balambigai Balakrishnan, a researcher.

The Cuff Road Project serves an average of 200 to 350 workers daily during breakfast and dinner. Most of these workers are from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Volunteers from Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) are always stationed at the restaurants serving the food.

This way, workers can consult them on how to handle problems involving things like injury claims, unpaid salaries and work permit scams.

Those who wish to lend a hand in this project can visit TWC2's website at http://twc2.org.sg

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