Our Campaign Storyends 25 Oct 2017, 11:59 PM
Mdm Ni Ai E, is a 49 year-old grandmother who developed sesamoiditis of her thumbs. Tears of exasperation betrayed her composed exterior as she shared her predicament. Her husband, son, and grandson in a remote village in Jiangsu province in China.
Her husband is disabled from previous back injury and surgery and has difficulty caring for himself. Her 6 year-old grandson has congenital adrenal disease and is on daily steroids for treatment, and travels to Shanghai for regular specialist treatment. Her son cares for her grandson and husband alone.
Though aware of risks of exploitation, she came to Singapore in January 2017 for work because she was desperate. Her family needed money to pay the medical bills for her husband and grandson, and after much struggles they took loans from relatives and moneylenders to pay for agent fees (approximately SGD$6,000) for her securing work at a seafood factory in Singapore.
She worked to remove shells off seafood with her hands for a few months, sometimes working up to 16 hours a day. Unfortunately, just a few months into her work she developed sesamoiditis of her thumb, and the tendons are swollen.
She tried continuing work as she was anxious about the debts and bills, but her condition got worse and was forced to stop work. We hope to raise funds to pay for her family's debts and medical expenses for her grandson's treatment for this year while Ai E receives treatment and processing on her case.
About The Charity
Founded in 2006, HealthServe is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to providing healing and hope to the low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
HealthServe opened its first medical clinic in Geylang in July 2007. Since then, thousands of migrant workers have come through our doors. In order to better serve the complex and intertwined needs of the migrant community, we opened additional clinics in Jurong and Mandai, and expanded our programming to include casework, pro bono legal services, counselling, social assistance, two emergency shelters, research, advocacy, and outreach programmes.
HealthServe's programmes are run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by a wide network of volunteers, educational institutions, corporations and community organisations. HealthServe envisions a world where every migrant worker lives a life of dignity, and we hope to have as many people as possible join us in achieving this aim.