Mr Jeyakumar, 40 years old, is a loving father to three children aged between 3 – 11 years old. He left India 7 years ago to work as a labourer in Singapore in order to escape poverty and provide a better life for his wife and children. Mr Jeyakumar does not earn much. With overtime, his monthly salary is S$800. Like most foreign workers, he took a bank loan of nearly S$3,000 to be able to come to Singapore and has only repaid back half.
Mr Jeyakumar was a tree cutter, trimming our trees and keeping them in good condition. On the 21st of August 2017, Mr Jeyakumar suffered a horrific accident. While on the lorry arranging the heavy tree logs that has just been sawed, his colleague who was mid air lost control of a large tree branch that he was cutting and it fell on Mr Jeyakumar. As a result, he was thrown to the ground and the many and heavy tree logs that was on the lorry crushed both Mr Jeyakumar’s legs. He was rushed to the hospital, however, the doctors were unable to save his legs and he had to amputate both his legs from the knees down.
This has caused severe anguish to Mr Jeyakumar as he is now no longer able to work and is permanently wheelchair bound. As a man with little education from a rural village in India, he has no other ways of supporting his family. Mr Jeyakumar informs us that he worries for his two daughters aged 8 and 11 years old. He understands the importance of education and he does not want his children to end up a labourer or a farmer. Instead, he wants them to stay in school and be educated. Due to his current condition, he has not been sending money back home and he fears that his daughters will have to stop school.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$800 for Mr Jeyakumar’s daughters’ education for 4 months so that they can continue schooling and be educated as education is the only way out of poverty. Mr Jeyakumar urgently requires the funds as he is expected to return to India at the end of February.
21 Feb 2018
Mr Jeyakumar has gone home!
Our case managers met with Mr Jeyakumar on the 13th of February 2018 where we disbursed his cheque. He went back to his village in India on the 14th of February 2018. We were glad to know that he is able to walk with his prosthetic after undergoing intensive therapy at the hospital. He has been given compensation by MOM however he feels that the amount is too low for the injuries he suffered. His claim is currently processed under common law. We wish him the best!