Raised of S$900.00
71Days to go
It was Sharif’s third visit to work in Singapore. The 28-year-old first arrived in 2012 after paying an agent fee of S$5,600, where he worked for a good five years before being sent home by his employer after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. After he was sent home, he came again in 2017 despite the constant pain that he was in, in hope of improving the lives of his family back home. This time, he paid an agent fee of S$3,400. But work was tough as the supervisor didn’t like him. A few months into his new job, he was allegedly manipulated into quitting. Sharif left with a heavy heart, but came again in November 2018, after paying S$3,800 in agent’s fees. Unfortunately, he met with an accident that tore his ACL again in January 2019. The pay that he received during the three months of work was simply not enough to cover his agent’s fees.
Help Needed – Give Hope
With the family’s mounting debts of S$16,000, Sharif stays up most nights thinking and worrying as there’s no one else in the family who’s proactively supporting their livelihood. Half of Sharif’s debts are a result of his hospital bill after his first work accident. The other half are basically the unpaid sum from agents’ fees he accumulated over the years when coming to Singapore to work. Afterall, he was the sole breadwinner supporting his elderly parents back home when he was still working. Sharif’s mum suffers from diabetes, and his father can’t walk properly because of a problematic ankle. He also has a diabetic grandfather who suffers from the after-effects of stroke.
Quoting Sharif, “I do not understand why the employers keep sending me back. I can work and I want to support my family. Nobody understands the pain that I am in when I cannot work or send money home.”
Ray of Hope would like to raise $900 ($300 x 3 months) for the living expenses of Sharif during this period. Your donations can give hope to the 28-year-old and his family!
*Ray of Hope case workers have cited medical documents provided by Sharif. However, they will not be published as he is currently seeking recourse with MOM.