Bring hope and happiness to Mr Bala who wishes to start afresh (FUNDRAISING HAS ENDED)
Fundraising for Mr Bala
Bring hope and happiness to Mr Bala who wishes to start afresh (FULLY RAISED)
Fundraising for Mr Bala
Mr Bala, 37 years old, used to work at his parent's vegetables stall, earning about $40 per day. He did not have difficulty making ends meet even with the little that he was earning. The family continued to work hard to keep their family business going. Unfortunately, Mr Bala started taking drugs under the influence of his friends, and was subsequently incarcerated in May 2017 for 18 months. Since he was emplaced in the halfway house in end May 2018, Mr Bala reflected on his mistakes and felt the need to break away from the friends who were influencing him in the negative way, and to work hard at his future in order to be accepted by his family members once again.
Mr Bala confided in us that he loves his aged parents dearly and does not wish to disappoint them again, knowing how hard they are working to bring food to the table for the family. His parents are also helping to support their grandchildren to the best that they can. Mr Bala's eldest brother who is recuperating from a stroke that he suffered recently is unable to work to support his children. Mr Bala's younger brother was incacerated for drug-related offences, and his wife is struggling to provide for her children by taking on two jobs to make ends meet.
Having received only a primary school education, Mr Bala understands that it is difficult for him to escape from the poverty cycle. However, he is determined to make the change. He shared with us that he recently completed a lifeguard course to upgrade himself. Mr Bala hopes to equip himself with the skills required for employment and to start planning for his future now.
People aren’t always what you want them to be. Sometimes they disappoint you, let you down, or do not turn out to be what you imagine them to be. But when you give them a chance, they turn out to be better than you imagined. Different, but better. We hope that you can give Mr Bala a chance to live a better life!
The ROHI staff were touched by Mr Bala's determination for wanting to start afresh, largely spurred on by his love for his parents. ROHI hopes to make his transition back into work smooth, hence we would like to raise $900 ($300 x 3 months) for Mr Bala.
*Mr Bala is currently not receiving any public assistance support.
13 Sep 2018
Updates for Bala & his family
We recently caught up with Bala to find out how he is doing and to disburse his cheque to him. We understand from him that the halfway house has placed him for employment and he is now working in a hotel as a cleaner! Bala is extremely thankful for the help that he has received through this period since he just started working. However, things are not as rosy at home, as his elderly father suffered a heart attack recently. As his parents used to manage their own stall prior his heart attack, his mom has also stopped working in order to take care of Bala's dad. While it it is not easy for the family, we hope that Bala's family can remain strong through this difficult period.