Singaporeans open their hearts and wallets to donate to the needy during coronavirus outbreak

The early months of the Covid-19 pandemic sent Nirmala Murugaian into a blind panic. As Singapore slipped into an economic downturn, funds plummeted at Child at Street 11, the non-profit childcare centre that she runs.Parents could no longer afford to pay childcare fees as they were hit by job losses or pay cuts. Funds from corporate donors quickly dried up as cost-cutting measures kicked in.The centre, which currently has 55 children from low-income families and largely relies on donations,…