3rd Quarter Issue 2016


In This Issue

Events & News
Who's Behind That Wall?
Giving Time and Treasure
Stuck in Limbo

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Three quarters of this year have already flown by. Our Desker Office has been open for three months now, and we have learned a lot. We continue to see hundreds of patients in our clinics weekly, serve dozens of meals daily, make countless phone calls, write thousands of emails and appeals, and journey with migrant workers every step of the way.

At HealthServe, we are not simply transferring money from the 'haves' to the 'have-nots', but rather our hope is to transform the lives of both.

We are grateful to everyone who is journeying with us - from donors to volunteers to partners to our migrant worker beneficiaries, volunteers, and friends. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

The HealthServe Team

Events & News

See a snapshot below of what HealthServe has been up to between July and September 2016.

Desker Road Food Project

Our Desker Road Food Project has a unique feature: each Wednesday, a healthier lunch is cooked by migrant workers, for migrant workers using less oil and less salt. Since we started our thrice-weekly lunch project, we have served over 1,200 meals to injured workers. Our beneficiaries give this 'home-cooked' meal two thumbs up!

Builder, Father, Poet Awareness Event

In August, HealthServe hosted "Builder, Father, Poet", a film screening, poetry reading, and art exhibition at The Projector. The event featured two films, "Not Working Today" by Tan Shijie and "Kattumaanar" by Eysham Ali, as well as a poetry reading by migrant worker and published poet, Md Mukul Hossine. Watch a photo montage of the event here.

Zika Education and Prevention

With the news of the Zika outbreak in Singapore disproportionately affecting migrant workers, we stepped up our efforts to educate our patients and beneficiaries. In the above photos, two migrant worker volunteers are sharing about Zika prevention, signs, and symptoms in Bengali and Chinese.

Clinic Update

Demand for our clinic services has been growing week by week. All of our clinics experienced an increase in consultations in the third quarter of this year. Often times we have to stop registering patients just 30 minutes into our clinic because the queue is already so long. We are looking into how different stakeholders can better meet this healthcare gap for migrant workers and in the meantime are hoping to expand our clinic hours. If you are a medical doctor we invite you to come serve alongside us one clinic a month. Please email us at if you are interested in learning more.

Mid-Autumn Festival Outing

Our staff and volunteers took out some injured workers and shelter residents to Gardens by the Bay to see the annual Mid-Autumn Festival light up. It was a great time had by all!

"Who's Behind That Wall?"

Hot off the press just in time for Children's Day, "Who's Behind That Wall?" is a children's book aimed at raising awareness of migrant workers who come to Singapore to build our nation. It follows Tommy, a curious little mouse living in Pura-pura. You can access the e-book here. If you would like a hard copy of the book to share with your children, please email us at and we would be happy to mail you a copy.

Giving Time and Treasure

HealthServe was recently featured in a new book compiled and written by Joachim Sim, entitled "Giving Time and Treasure: Celebrating Singapore Volunteerism and Philanthropy," a series of stories on past PVPA winners who had given back to the society. Access the e-book here. HealthServe is featured on pages 89-106.

Stuck in Limbo

Injured at the worksite, given no MC, employer refuses to pay for medical treatment, beaten up by hired gangsters and forcefully repatriated. Unfortunately this is a common story we hear time and time again from migrant workers. Read Uddin's full story here.
Editor: Nhaca Le Schulze
Contributors: Jane Zhang
Photo Contributors: Kathleen Cheong,
Daniel Yeo, Jane Zhang
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