After completing pre-university education, D* first came to Singapore in 2007 to work. As the oldest child in his family, he sacrificed higher education and instead worked so that his family could afford to send his two younger siblings to university. Now, he also earns money to support his parents and his three-year-old daughter back home.
7 years into his second job in Singapore, D* tells us he became embroiled in a police investigation after his then-employer lodged a false report against him for mishandling of money.
Since that happened in 2018, he has not been able to work for 2 years. All the while, the case remains open and is unresolved to date, leaving him uncertain about its outcome. In his period of unemployment and no income, he was introduced to HealthServe by a friend and first visited one of our offices in July 2020.
HealthServe provided D* with financial support in the form of phone top-ups, an EZ-Link card for his travel costs, and cash for his day-to-day necessities. We also helped with rental payments and costs for passport renewal, with which he could apply for a Work Permit.
He tells us, “I thinking, I no makan but no die… maybe HealthServe come from God to help me.”
We are very glad to note that D* has recently found a job opportunity after 2 years of not earning money. As of early October, he has started work at his new job. Success stories like D’s are always a great source of motivation for the team at HealthServe and we wish him all the best in supporting himself and his family.
(*name has been changed to protect his privacy)