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Help a pair of twins grow up well
Date: Apr 23, 2019
The Struggle 3-year-old Angie and Bethany are a lovely pair of twins born pre-maturely at 24 weeks, diagnosed with moderate-severe Global Developmental Delay (GDD) at birth. Their mum, Joy who works as a part-time waitress is their main caregiver while their father, Mr Anil goes to work as a property management consultant. Angie and Bethany had a stormy neonatal course, suffering from respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, septic shock from ESBL E Coli septicaemia, Intraventricular haemorrhage, along with other medical conditions. Joy was told by ICA that her PR status would only be granted after the birth of her children. As such, the couple would pay off the hospitalization bills before trying to conceive again. To cope with the expenses, the family has been pawning jewellery in exchange for cash. The twins were born after three attempts of miscarriages in a time span of 6 years. Joy had a difficult pregnancy with the twins who were born pre-maturely. During the process, the family accumulated hefty hospitalization debts totalling to S$14,800 due to the mother’s foreigner status then. Help Needed – Give Hope Although Mr Anil has a nett monthly income of $3,680, finances are tight due to the doubled expenses arising from raising the twins, coupled with the additional expenses incurred due to their special needs. The current bulk of the family’s expenses goes towards the household’s health and education insurances ($700/month), the twin’s medical consumables which are not covered by Medisave ($500/month) and their various debt repayment ($900/month) on top of their household bills ($600/month), groceries ($300/month), the twin’s diapers and milk powder ($430/month) and school expenses ($214/month). When the case workers visited the family at their 1-room rental flat, Mr Anil also shared with us that they will be receiving the keys to their BTO flat sometime in September this year. The couple confided in us that they are willing to work even harder just so the twins can have a conducive environment to be in. But while the family is excited about finally having a place to call home, they are worried about the family’s finances moving forward. Financial Breakdown ROHI would like to help Mr Anil and his family with the hefty medical bill of $14,800 as they work their way towards fully repaying their debts. All payments will be made directly to the hospital. *Mr Anil does not qualify for SSO assistance based on the income criteria.
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Your donations will bring hope to the family of 6!
Date: Apr 18, 2019
The Struggle Mr Cheng, 66 years old, used to be a healthy individual who has worked more than four decades as a wholesaler. Mr Cheng is married to an Indonesian, and has 4 children aged 16, 14, 11 and 7 years old. The family used to reside in Indonesia before moving back to Singapore after their second child was born. Among his four children, only one of them is a Singaporean while the rest are Indonesians. Residing in a cramped 1-room rental flat, the father of four children spoke to the case workers about how difficult life has been for them since they moved back. When the case workers visited their home, they could not help but notice that the entire flat only has one light bulb, and the environment is unconducive for his young children, especially when the school-going boy needs to do his homework. Mr Cheng also told us that his 42-year-old wife has previously applied for a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) so that she can work to support the family. Unfortunately, her application was rejected as only one of their children holds a Singapore citizenship. Their application for their children’s Students’ Pass were also rejected. Help Needed – Give Hope It’s not easy bringing up 4 children, especially when the family has been undergoing a difficult time coping financially since the Mr Cheng had to stop working due to his ailing health about 3 years back. With a host of medical issues to deal with himself, Mr Cheng feels extremely helpless about not bringing food to the table for his family. Mr Cheng is diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The 66-year-old also has cataract on both his eyes. Some of his left toes were also amputated back in 2017 due to his diabetes, which is currently controlled by medication. Since his amputation surgery, Mr Cheng has been unable to stand for too long, and still walks around with a limp. With the help of his social workers, Mr Cheng is appealing for his wife’s Long-Term Visit Pass so that she will be able to engage in some form of employment to sustain some income for the family. In regards to the Student’s Pass for his two younger children, they have also submitted an appeal against the rejection. The family has been fighting hard on their appeals, in hope of sending the children back to school one day so that they will not be deprived of the chance to attend school. Financial Breakdown Mr Cheng is currently receiving a quarterly CPF payout of $750, and has appealed to SSO for assistance. He also understands that even if his SSO application is approved, it would only be for his Singaporean son and himself. ROHI would like to raise S$1,800 ($300 x 6 months) for Mr Cheng’s family while they appeal to the various agencies for help. We hope that the amount can help to defray the family’s food and sundry expenses. Please donate to give hope to the family struggling to make ends meet!