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Second fundraiser for Madam Letch
Source: Eileen
Date: Mar 21, 2019
Ray of Hope has previously assisted Madam Letch* and raised S$1,050 for the 53-year-old single mum who was struggling with her living expenses after suffering a severe pay cut. The case workers recently caught up with the resilient mum and understand that she has since changed employment for a higher paying job. Madam Letch is currently working as a phlebotomist in a hospital, and draws a gross income of S$2,700. We also met her daughter who has moved home to be with her since a couple of months back.  Madam Letch told us that she is much at ease to be reunified with her daughter, who is also her sole moral and emotional support as the both of them share a close relationship. Madam Letch's daughter is also recovering well from her eye abrasions, and her eyesight has recovered as she has been diligently going for her medical check-ups.  Financial wise, Madam Letch said that she is positive about being able to make ends meet as they continue with their monthly repayments amounting to close to S$2,300. The debts have been accumulated during the period when Madam Letch was struggling with her previous employment with a nett salary of only S$1,100 and with her daughter's medical bills. As she has only started her new employment on 15 March 2019, she has approached Ray of Hope for interim assistance for the next two months while she settles in on her new job, especially when her first salary will be prorated and will still be struggling with the debts repayment and to clear off the medical bills for her daughter.   Financial Breakdown Madam Letch is currently receiving SSO assistance of S$130 (cash) as well as assistance for her rent, utilities and town council payments. However, her assistance is ending in April. With her increased salary, it is highly unlikely that her assistance renewal will be approved. Therefore, ROH would like to raise $600 ($300 x 2 months) to defray the living expenses for Madam Letch and her daughter while the single mum settles in on her new job, with the potential discontinuation of her SSO assistance.   *Name has been changed to protect the identity of the client. 
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Give hope to abused single mother of 3 children
Source: ROHI/Sharifah
Date: Feb 20, 2019
  Background Mdm Masturah*, 38 years old, is a resilient and strong single mother to 3 children between the ages of 5 – 7 years old. She fled her marital home with her children at the end of August 2018. Throughout her marriage with her estranged husband, he was physically abusive towards her, but he has never abused her in front of their children. He also had extra marital affairs throughout their marriage. On a night at the end of August 2018, while her estranged husband was intoxicated, he repeatedly physically assaulted Mdm Masturah in front of her children. Fearing that he would also assault their young and innocent children, Mdm Masturah fled her abusive husband with her children. She currently has Personal Protection Order (PPO) against her husband. The Struggle Mdm Masturah and her three children are currently staying in a 2-room rental unit with her mother who is a stroke patient, younger sister and niece. The house is cramped as there are 7 people staying in a small unit. Mdm Masturah is currently heavily in debt. Throughout her marriage to her estranged husband, he barely provided for her and their children. In order to supplement her family’s income, she started her own interior design firm. However, she was cheated by her sub-contractor and had to close her firm, leaving behind debts and losses. Mdm Masturah is currently struggling financially to support her children. She has filed for divorce and even though her estranged husband sees their children once a month, he does not support them financially. Mdm Masturah is a strong and resilient single mother. Even though she struggles to provide financially for her children, she ensures that they do well in school. Mdm Masturah informs me that she places a strong emphasis on education and also their character as she wants her three children to grow up to be kind and independent. Help Needed – Give Hope Ray of Hope would therefore like to raise S$600 (S$200 x 3 months) to defray the resilience family’s living expenses. It has not been easy for Mdm Masturah to care for her three young children on her own so please give hope to Mdm Masturah and her children! * Name has been changed to protect the identity of Mdm Masturah as she was a victim of spousal abuse and is under PPO. * Mdm Masturah is currently receiving government financial assistance, however, it is up for renewal at the end of February 2019. The renewal process is anywhere between 6 weeks to 3 months and during these periods, she will have no financial assistance.  

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