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Help a sick man care for his mentally ill sister
Date: Feb 19, 2018
Mr Zainuddin, 63 years old, is unable to stand for long periods of time and is dependant on a wheelchair. Mr Zainuddin suffers from a long list of serious and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high cholesterol, ischemic heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, gout and osteoarthritis. He is unable to stand for long period of time due to his advanced osteoarthritis and gout. Mr Zainuddin is unable to work due to his age and illnesses including being dependent on a wheelchair. Due to his many various chronic illnesses, he is frequently at the hospital for check-ups and consumes a total of 23 medications a day. Even though Mr Zainuddin himself requires assistance with day to day living, he is the main caretaker of his younger sister who has an undiagnosed mental disorder. She can turn violent and would often hit herself. She is also unable to care for herself and requires round the clock supervision. He currently stays in his late brother’s flat with his younger sister and his younger brother who works as a security officer. Mr Zainuddin’s younger brother pays for the electricity and conservancy charges however, as he does not earn much as a security officer, he is unable to fully support Mr Zainuddin and his younger sister with regards to their food and daily necessities. Mr Zainuddin informs us that as his late brother has passed away in 2015, HDB is in the process of selling the flat and he fears that they will be left homeless. Mr Zainuddin receives S$400 from SSO however that is barely enough to cover his and his younger sister’s expenses. Mr Zainuddin attends therapy at a senior activity centre near his house which costs S$220 a month and he is left with S$180 to survive monthly. Most of the money goes towards buying food for his sister as he is unable to stand for long periods of time to cook. Mr Zainuddin was working hard as a cleaner until his osteoarthritis worsen and he was forced to quit in 2015. Life has since been difficult for him as despite his pain, he has to care for his sister who is mentally ill. ROHI would therefore like to raise S$400 a month for 3 months for Mr Zainuddin and his sister’s living expenses while he applies for MUIS assistance.
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Double amputee unable to afford daughters' education
Date: Feb 08, 2018
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.