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Help a 16-year-old special needs child be part of the society
Date: May 11, 2018
Madam Kamariah, 42 years old, is the main caregiver to her three children. Her youngest son, Hashim, 16 years old, was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy at birth. On top of that, he was also diagnosed with neurogenic bladder, mild left non-obstructive renal, bilateral undescended testes, chronic constipation and global developmental delay, requiring lifetime medication and treatment. Hashim’s condition requires constant attention as he is unable to carry out his daily living activities on his own. Madam Kamariah has been a Stay-at-Home mum since her eldest son, who is 19 this year was born. Madam Kamariah’s husband, 47 years old, works as a cargo operator to support the family. However, he only earns about S$1,500 and the family still struggles with their living expenses. Being the sole breadwinner of the family also places him under tremendous stress as he struggles with other medical conditions such as heart issues and a complete heart blockage, severe sleep disorder, severe breathlessness. He also underwent surgery for a Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) Insertion in his body. Madam Kamariah’s two older boys age 17 and 19 are both schooling. She also shared with us that out of school, the boys spend most of their time at home and do not join their friends for out-of-school leisure activities. She feels relieved that upon seeing how their mum devotes her time to looking after their younger brother, the two brothers help out with the household chores after school. Madam Kamariah chooses to believe that although the birth of every child may not always be celebrated in the same way, Hashim came into the family as a gift and deserves the chance to be wanted and loved as part of the family despite being different from his siblings. ROHI wishes to raise S$1,080 (S$180 x 6 months) for Hashim’s expenses which include school fees (S$20), transport (S$60) and food (S$100). Your kind contribution will go a long way towards giving hope to Hashim and his family!
News from our Past Cases
Give hope to an abused mother and children
Date: May 04, 2018
Mdm Lisa*, 34 years old, has lived a difficult and painful life. Her husband, whom she is currently seeking divorce from, has abused her and her children physically, mentally and emotionally. Mdm Lisa has been abused repeatedly throughout their course of marriage being slapped, pinched, kicked and punched. Her estranged husband also molested her 10 year old daughter. The most painful ordeal for Mdm Lisa however, was when her husband created a fake Facebook account and spread nude photos of her. Till this day, her photos can be found on the internet. He is currently in prison for attempting to set Mdm Lisa and her 4 children on fire. Mdm Lisa is currently unfit for work as earlier this year she underwent surgery to remove three soft tissue tumours on her legs and arm which caused her significant pain for months. She is currently recuperating from her illness and is required to undergo constant check-ups to ensure that she is fully recovered before she is deemed fit for work. Caring for 4 children on her own while recovering from her surgery and illness has been extremely difficult. To make matters worst, she is currently caring for her niece and nephew after their parents were no longer able to care for them. The added responsibility of caring for two extra mouths have left Mdm Lisa under tremendous stress. While she is receiving government assistance, her cost of living has increased and she is unable to fully provide for her children, niece and nephew. Mdm Lisa’s 2 room rental unit was extremely cramped and humid. There was not much space for us to speak hence, we spoke outside. Our meeting with Mdm Lisa was a difficult one. Mdm Lisa broke down and cried when she spoke about her daughter being molested and having her nude and passport photos spread on the internet by her estranged husband. She told us that she is still living in a nightmare, haunted by the actions of a man who was supposed to protect and love her. With 2 additional mouths to feed, Mdm Lisa is at her wits end. ROHI is therefore raising S$600 (S$150 x 4 months) to offset Mdm Lisa’s living expenses while she and her family try their best to heal and move on from a traumatic and abusive life. Please help Mdm Lisa and her family get back on their feet! *Name has been changed in order to protect the identity of Mdm Lisa as she and her children are victims of abuse.