Emergency Services Fund
About Campaignends 30 Jun 2016, 11:59 PM
HealthServe's Emergency Services fund provides social assistance such as free meals, MRT top-ups, emergency housing, and emergency funds to exploited and vulnerable migrant workers.
"I am a construction worker. Singapore was my dream place to work. But on July 7, 2015, my life changed. That day around 5pm, I fell 3.5 meters from a platform. After falling unconscious for a minute or two, I woke to find every joint in my body in pain, especially my arm. The day after, the company brought me to a hospital an dI discovered that my arm was severely fractured. It required a surgery, after which I knew I would not be able to work for a long time. However, the doctor only gave me MC for heavy work, even though I couldn't do any work at all. I thought about my situation with much anxiety. I didn't know anything about the Singapore legal system. I felt helpless until I heard some of my friends speak about a charity that could help me. The staff at HealthServe have been very patient in helping me resolve my case, walking me through what I should do. Quickly, I felt a sense of peace. Day after day, HealthServe provided us with free meals, let those who couldn't walk stay in a subsidized shelter, and gave us medical care to help us recover. The selfless dedicated and love made us foreign workers feel the warmth of home."
-Zhang (a migrant worker from China, who has since returned to China after receiving compensation for his injury)
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, an emergency shelter, 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.
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