The Solidarity Marathon

The Solidarity Marathon, founded by four like-minded individuals and cross country enthusiasts, Yew Chong, Charles, Rajesh and Jon. They strived to raise funds for HealthServe by pushing their limits and pledging for a virtual run spanning a distance of more than 670km. In an interview with the founders, Charles, a medical student, and Neo, an […]

Shantini’s Casework Internship Experience

“My biggest takeaway is that they are also people with their own stories and their own family. At the end of the day we are all human beings with the same desires and wants so we should always be kind to one another”- Shantini Shantini worked as a Casework intern at HealthServe for 2-3 months […]

Heroes of Our Time: Mr Pu

“应该是和平共生,和平相处,没有谁歧视谁” (‘There is no need for discrimination, we should live together peacefully and work together’ in English), Mr Pu explains that while he has not personally experienced any discrimination in Singapore, he has seen negative comments about migrant workers online about how they are stealing jobs away from locals. Mr Pu came to Singapore in […]

Heroes of Our Time: Mr Tamil

“When drawing, lonely or not also no issue, times passes with a snap of the finger” In early 2020, Tamil, a young indian from Tamilnadu began to find his daily routine of working and sleeping very boring. He bought a sketchbook to start drawing in his free time as he remembered enjoying it when he […]

Eric’s Clinic Internship Experience

“Covid-19 showed me my lack of knowledge of migrant workers and their situation. Before it felt very impersonal, like a far away problem.” Eric was interested to find out more about the extent to which migrant workers were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues they faced after reading many articles online. Eric, a […]

Thank you Barclays

A BIG THANK YOU to Barclays! We are honoured to be one of Barclays’ charity partners in Asia Pacific that the firm will be supporting through its global £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package. Here’s a Special Message from our Executive Director, Michael Cheah on how their valuable support will enable HealthServe to provide food and […]

Adelene, our volunteer Occupational Therapist

“We don’t have to meet very big needs… sometimes, just [meeting their] basic needs can help them.” Twice a month, occupational therapist Adelene comes down to our office in Geylang to help our migrant friends heal from their injuries. She started volunteering with us over a year ago in 2019, hoping to use her skills […]

Seeking Affordable Healthcare

“I was very upset” recalls Rona, when he had to choose between paying for dental treatment and sending money back home to his family in April this year. He visited the dentist before dormitories went into lockdown this year. Rona was told that treatment for this toothache will cost $200-$300 and says he was on […]

Intervention to help with H’s ear discomfort

After experiencing discomfort in his left ear in April 2020, H* sought treatment at an external clinic. However, the pain recurred in August and that was when he came to HealthServe’s Geylang clinic on a friend’s recommendation. His condition affected his hearing and also caused pain when he was exposed to loud sounds. Working in […]

Mr Congeniality

With an amicable face that is more often than not lit up with a smile, A* has been dubbed “Mr Congeniality” by some members of the HealthServe team. After hearing about HealthServe’s clinic from a friend after experiencing gastric pain, A* visited our Geylang clinic in April 2020. Subsequently, he has been at our clinic […]

Getting better with help and support

X* was in Singapore for just slightly over a year, but his journey hasn’t been easy by any means. Shortly after arriving in Singapore in July 2019, he tells us he sustained a serious injury after falling from the back of a moving vehicle while working in the waste management sector. He struck his head […]

Zakir’s refreshing experience in Singapore

From June to September, HealthServe met more than 3000 migrant workers through our weekly cruise ship engagements. Our team had the chance to connect and learn about their stories and time in Singapore so far. Here’s Zakir’s story so far, we hope that more of our migrant friends can feel safe and welcome in Singapore […]

Leaving with a heavy heart and newfound hope

A few days ago we bid farewell to GL, an easy-going, amicable Chinese brother from Yangzhou, Jiangsu. Before leaving, GL generously bought snacks and drinks for the staff and the migrant brothers and sisters at the Geylang drop-in centre, many of whom address him affectionately as “大哥” (big brother). We saw him off together with […]

One phone call away, miles apart

“手机不能用,又没法出去,能不急吗?” (“I can’t use my phone nor go out — how can I not worry?”) Frustratingly, Wang’s employer was largely unresponsive. As a result, Wang was unable to secure a swab test before his flight, a necessary prerequisite for him to board the plane, and had not received his promised salary since April.  Distressed and […]

HealthServe’s Rental Aid Programme

Ali* was introduced to HealthServe by his friend and is currently receiving assistance from HealthServe. He is a Special Pass holder receiving aid from our food & rental program. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ali* worked in the Construction sector. He came to Singapore about 10 years ago, after hearing many good things about work opportunities […]