Our Campaign Storyends 26 Aug 2021, 11:59 PM
Barclays is part of the "Together, Singapore Cares" Campaign led by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre to build on the spirit of care and compassion that has brought us to where we are today. As part of this Campaign, some of my colleagues and I have committed to doing 56 Acts of Giving to celebrate 56 years of our Nation. I have decided to contribute my family's culinary skills towards this Giving and share our love for food with those I care about. I have selected 56 of my good friends, colleagues and partners in crime to enjoy our labour of love and in return please donate generously to Healthserve whom I have chosen as my charity of choice. Healthserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing and hope to migrant workers. https://www.healthserve.org.sg
About The Charity
Founded in 2006, HealthServe, is an IPC registered charity that seeks to bring healing and hope to vulnerable low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore. Access to affordable healthcare can be a problem for low wage migrant workers as foreigners in Singapore do not receive subsidies for healthcare at public institutions. By law, workers are supposed to be covered for both inpatient and outpatient treatment by their employers but not all do. In addition, fear of repatriation and cultural and language barriers also contribute to migrant workers not receiving proper treatment.
The more unfortunate amongst these workers get injured at work and may end up losing their jobs and suffering loss of pay for a protracted period. The wait for their work injury compensation application to be processed and resolved can take months or years.
From a single clinic providing GP services in Geylang to meet the needs of the workers, HealthServe has expanded our range of services to the provision of GP and specialist medical services, rehabilitation and dental services, injury and salary-related casework support, social assistance, counselling and mental health programmes.
We are very much a volunteer-run organisation. Our operations are run by a small staff team and hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers and interns.