He came to Singapore to work hoping to improve the lives of his two elderly parents, two young children and wife back home in Hunan province of China. Unfortunately, this seemingly attainable dream of succeeding and improving the social status of his family if he worked hard enough, were suddenly dashed and made unattainable when he was involved in a hit and run accident last October.
The accident took place when Liu Kun, 37 years old, was on his way to work and a lorry collided into him. The accident has resulted in him suffering severe injuries on his shoulder blade and thigh bone. A 40cm long metal steel had to be inserted into his legs just so it could support his leg movements. That incident has changed the 37 year old’s life completely as the able bodied man could no longer go about his activities of daily living as usual. Even after staying 16 days at the hospital, Liu Kun was not able to walk after the operation and depended heavily on his dormitory mates for support. The factory worker who used to be able to work and send remittances back home was suddenly rendered useless. He was the sole breadwinner of his family but now he struggles with even moving around.
He had to relearn everything from the start, including going for rehab sessions to improve his motor skills. Unfortunately, after staying for a month at the rehab session, Liu Kun chose to move out despite the excruciating pain as he could no longer afford the high costs.
Liu Kun has borrowed a sum of money amounting to $45000 RMB (SGD $9400) just to pay his agent to come to Singapore to work. Now that he is not working, he is struggling to pay off the agent fee that he has borrowed. Moreover, he also has to send remittances to his family and elderly parents back home. Even up till today, Liu Kun has kept this accident from his family back home as the last thing he want is add on to their worries and worry them.
The driver has not been identified and the likelihood of being compensated seemed slim. ROHI would like to raise $280/month for a period of 4 months to defray Liu Kun’s rent and transportation arrears as he recovers in Singapore. Your kind donations will go a long way in supporting the foreign worker who can no longer support himself and his family.
* Liu Kun was also featured in ZaoBao's article
07 Sep 2018
Liu Kun has started working again!
We wish to update you that our caseworkers just passed Liu Kun his third disbursement. Compared to the very first time we saw him, Liu Kun made a drastic change from being severely depressed to a positive man today. Despite his physical limitations, Liu Kun chose to step out of his misery with the encouragement and support from the people around him, and has recently started working again!
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27 Jul 2018
Liu Kun is making progress with physiotherapy!
We met Liu Kun for his second disbursement and we are happy to hear that he is making some progress with the help of physiotherapy! Although the doctor told him that it is 100% impossible to go back to how he were before, Liu Kun counts himself lucky that he could at least walk slowly now. Every time we meet Liu Kun, he never fails to inspire us, especially the positivity he holds towards life. He is always thankful and resilient despite going through tough times. He also appreciates all the donations by the kind donors, your help brings him warmth and thankfulness in a foreign land. Unfortunately, there is not much news about Liu Kun's case and his employer is likely to deport him back to China soon.
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29 Jun 2018
We met Liu Kun for his first cheque disbursement!
ROHI's case managers met Liu Kun recently for his first cheque disbursement. Compared to the very first time we met him, Liu Kun seems to be recovering well and looks like he is on his route to recovery. He is also less depressed emotionally. When we met Liu Kun, his sincere, genuine and thankful demeanour struck a chord with us. He is grateful for all the help that he has received and told us that he honestly was not expecting to receive any. This amount of money will help his family back home in rural China, who are struggling to make ends meet. In addition to his monthly disbursement, Liu Kun is also one of our beneficiary for our Hope Beyond Borders campaign, where we managed to raise $326.00 for 10 migrant workers. Liu Kun is currently undergoing physiotherapy and TCM to help in his recovery. However, he mentioned that there were days when the pain remains unbearable. He is also unable to walk properly and has to limp to get around. We wish Liu Kun a speedy recovery and we thank you once again for your kind donations!