As my project with Singapore Art Museum develops and we speed towards the resulting exhibition, I have been honoured to meet, be inspired by, and share stories with members of the Singapore community, including it’s migrant workers.
This is a story I wanted to share before the exhibition, because it is one that goes further than art – this is a life of an individual, and he needs your help.
I have partnered with HOME, a Singapore-based charity dedicated to empowering and providing support services for migrant workers who suffer abuse and exploitation. They introduced me to Mr Wang. Please take a moment to read about his plight, and please help by donation on the Charity’s fundraising page for him here.
Mr Wang Jixing’s Story:
Five years ago, Mr Wang Jixing left his hometown in Shandong, China for Singapore to find work to provide for his family of six.
His parents and wife suffer from chronic illnesses that render them unable to work, and in need of constant medical care. His daughter bears the burden of caring for them while his youngest son, now aged 12, attends school in China.
Wang received a basic salary of just $500 as a cleaner at Maxwell Food Center. To make ends meet for his family, he took on punishing levels of overtime work. Unfortunately, the overwork took a toll on his health and he suffered a massive stroke on 12 June 2017. Even after a surgery, his entire right side remains paralysed. As he cannot afford further treatment, he has been discharged.
As he can no longer work, he was recently repatriated back to China, paralysed and penurious.
But Doctors believe Mr Wang can recover if he undergoes further treatment. The estimated cost for Mr Wang’s living and medical expenses for ONE year is S$10,000. Through this fundraising campaign, we hope to raise a minimum of one year’s expenses for Mr Wang, to give him and his family some financial relief and breathing space to figure out their next steps.
Please donate generously so that Mr Wang and his family can rebuild their lives – your donations will also help the Wangs to get by as they await the recovery of their sole breadwinner.
Donate and share Mr Wang’s plight with friends. Thanks heaps for your kind and generous giving, help and compassion.
Please Donate today by clicking “DONATE NOW” at simplygiving.com/appeal/cleaner
Donations collected will be transferred to HOME for remittance directly to Mr Wang’s family in China.
HOME is a Singapore-based charity dedicated to empowering and providing support services for migrant workers who suffer abuse and exploitation. We provide immediate crisis intervention, long-term socio-legal support as well as education and training programmes to achieve our goal of enhancing wellbeing and future economic prospects of migrant workers. HOME also seeks to promote the diverse voices of migrant workers in Singapore through outreach projects, and public education on issues affecting migrant workers.
HOME serves a community of vulnerable migrant labour, typically assisting domestic workers and cleaners; hospitality and food & beverage industry workers; as well as individuals in the construction, conservancy, marine, and manufacturing industry. In 2016 alone, we supported over 3,000 migrant workers. HOME’s programmes and activities are organised around three main themes: Welfare and Wellbeing, Advocacy, and Empowerment.