Raised of S$2,250.00
132Days to go
Perhaps it is true that a parent’s love for their children would always out-win the challenges that they faced with. 37-year-old Mdm Anisah and her husband have never stopped giving their best since their first child was born. The loving couple has 5 children age 11, 9, 8, 3 and 1 month old. Their caregiving journey was suddenly fraught with numerous challenges when their 9-year-old son, Aniq was fully diagnosed with autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability at the age of 6.
Aniq is currently enrolled in a special needs school, and he receives up to 90% subsidy for his school fees and transport expenses. Mdm Anisah’s three children are also recipients of the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and their school fees are fully covered. In spite of the existing assistance that the family is receiving, their assistance from the Social Service Office (SSO) has ended in June and will take between 4-8 weeks for renewal. Mdm Anisah told us that she feels disheartened, having gone through numerous rounds of interviews for the renewal of assistance as she has been repeatedly told that she needs to return to work before the assistance can be renewed. Mdm Anisah has also been certified by the hospital to be Aniq’s main caregiver due to his medical conditions.
Help Needed – Give Hope
Both Mdm Anisah and her husband (36 years old) were working to support the family. As Mdm Anisah had given birth only in end May, she is still recuperating from her surgery. The family is now relying solely on her husband’s income as a private hire driver to get by. While the couple understands that his job may not signify a stable income, they are still thankful for the flexible hours and weekly earnings that the job has to offer. Due to his caregiving duties for the children, Mdm Anisah’s husband also works shorter hours, hence his income has been reduced to only about $1,000 a month. Mdm Anisah confided in us that they have been desperately seeking any form of assistance, from financial to household appliances as the household income is simply insufficient for the household of 8, especially when Mdm Anisah’s mum is also staying with them.The family is also struggling to pay off arrears owing to various agencies amounting to around $8,500.
Mdm Anisah told us that while she is grateful for the strong emotional support from her spouse, but she is worried that he will not be able to handle the mental stress that he goes through daily especially when he does not get ample rest. Mdm Anisah hopes to get well soon so that she can return to work to share the financial load with her husband when their baby is enrolled in infant care.
Ray of Hope would like to support the resilient couple by raising $2,250 ($450 x 5 months) to partially defray their groceries expenses ($250 per month), as well as milk and diapers expenses ($200 per month). Your donations would give hope to a family struggling to get by!
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