Ray of Hope has previously assisted Hashim with his school and food expenses. The case workers visited the 17-year-old boy and was heartened to spot a wide grin on his face when he saw us. Hashim, who is diagnosed with multiple medical conditions including Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, neurogenic bladder, mild left non-obstructive renal, bilateral undescended testes, chronic constipation and global developmental delay since birth, requires lifetime medication and treatment even if the hope of getting well seems bleak.
His mum, 43-year-old Madam Kamariah, told us that it has not be easy caring for Hashim, who is the youngest among his siblings. Hashim has two older brothers aged 20 and 18. With his medical conditions, Hashim needs the support of his mum out of time that he spends in school. Hashim is currently attending a Special Needs School. In spite of his disabilities, Hashim has always been a cheerful boy who has over time, learnt to express his likes and dislikes as part of growing up. At our visit last year, we were told that Hashim has been relatively weak in health and was constantly in and out of the hospital. However, his health has finally picked up after a change in his medication, and he has been adapting well since then!
Unfortunately, Hashim’s dad, has been struggling with his heart issues. 48-year-old Mr Mohamad works as a cargo operator, bringing home about $1,500 a month. Being the sole breadwinner of the family also places him under tremendous stress as he struggles with other medical conditions such as heart issues and a complete heart blockage, severe sleep disorder, severe breathlessness. He also underwent surgery for a Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) Insertion in his body.
Due to his medical conditions, Mr Mohamad has been unable to clock more overtime hours. The family is currently struggling with the food and sundry expenses, as well as Hashim’s diapers and soft food, estimated to amount to $150 a month.
Madam Kamariah’s family is currently receiving MUIS assistance of S300 (cash). However, the family is struggling with their other expenses including the pocket money allowances for their two older boys who are currently in ITE. The family also has other living arrears totalling to around $1,140.
Therefore, ROH would like to raise $1,600 ($400 x 4 months) to defray family’s expenses for Hashim’s diapers and soft food ($150) and groceries ($250). Your kind contribution will go a long way towards giving hope to Hashim and his family!