Being pregnant and raising a child is challenging enough, but it is even more so when you are a single mum.
Discrimination and stigma aside, one has to worry about putting food on the table and the constant struggle of wanting to provide the very best for their children, yet not having sufficient means to. When you choose to have a child alone, there is guilt that they will miss out on that other parent, thus the harder they work to try and give their children a good future.
Despite just giving birth not long ago, the 33 year has already returned to the workforce. Ms Sophia has a new born daughter that is only 2 months old and a son that is 6 years old. She started working as a sales support and admin staff one week ago in hope of improving the family’s financial condition.
Her very first son was born in 2012 and the following year, her husband was caught and sentenced for 6 years for involvement with drugs. Ms Sophia single-handedly raised her son and was determined to get a divorce with her husband when he was released 6 years later. She even borrowed a sum of $1700 from her friends, just so she could settle the lawsuit and paper work. When her husband was finally released, he begged her to stay claiming that he is a changed man now and that he will find a proper job to support the family. She believed his words, thinking that he will really change for the better, now that they have a child together. Unfortunately, just when she realised that she was pregnant with a new born, her husband was caught again for doing drugs and this time, he was sentenced for 7 years.
Ms Sophia was devastated and haven’t visited him since he got caught. She told ROHI’s case managers that she wants to focus on giving the best for her children and herself now. Her resilience struck a chord in us as even though she was scheduled to deliver in May, she worked all the way till March just so she could support her children. She confided in us that she is struggling financially with the family's living expenses, diapers and milk powder costs. She is also worried that she will not be able to pay for the check-ups and vaccination costs for her new born.
Please give hope to the single mum and help her support her two young children while she get back on her feet! ROHI is raising $300/month for 4 months to help the single mum during this period.
20 Aug 2018
We met Ms Sophia for her first disbursement!
ROHI's case mangers visited Ms Sophia for her first cheque disbursement recently! Ms Sophia told us that she is coping well with work even though the work load is heavy at times. Nonetheless, she is happy that she has a job to help provide for her young children! She also mentioned that this amount came at the right time, before she receive her first payout at the end of the month. She is grateful for all the kind help that was extended during this period of time, where she needs it the most. Ms Sophia is also in the midst of preparing for her eldest child's admission to primary school.