After paying off the rent, the family of 5 only has a few hundred dollars left to survive on. ROHI’s case mangers could feel Masni’s helplessness as she filled us in on her situation.
The 39-year-old has three kids, with her youngest son just being 9 years old. The mother of 3 confided in us that there was not much left after deducting the rental arrears and utilities bills. With just a few hundred left, it was barely enough to cover her children’s educational expenses. Masni’s 3 children are not Singapore citizens and their combined school fees amount to around $600 + per month. The situation at home is tense as the kids have been asking their parents for pocket money, but they are unable to give them any. The school is also constantly pressurizing the kids for money to pay for their school fees. The children’s relationship with their parents has become strained as a result, as the kids were frustrated at the situation and are not able to comprehend what their parents are going through.
Masni broke down in tears as she felt she wasn’t doing her part as a parent, but at the same time, she was also doing whatever she can in her best capacity to hold the family together. She is worried that if this carries on, it will affect her children's studies and their overall well-being. The family is doing whatever they can to scrimp and save. They even went as far as walking their children to school just to save on transportation costs. When asked if the school was in the vicinity, Masni told us that they had to walk quite a far distance to get there. Unfortunately, that is the only thing she could think of to save and cut back on their expenses.
Masni’s husband, the sole breadwinner, suffers from slip disc at his back. While the pain is often excruciating, he does not seek treatment and would rather take Panadol to subside the pain, and to save from medical costs. Masni is also currently looking for a job to help supplement the family’s income.
The family has accumulated debts and arrears that have far exceeded their income.As such, ROHI will be raising $350/month for 4 months to support her children’s education arrears as their mum tries to seek employment.
*Name has been changed in order to protect the identity of Mdm Masni and her children.
19 Sep 2018
Mdm Masni's last disbursement
When ROHI’s case managers visited her for her last disbursement, Mdm Masni specially baked for us as her way of thanking us for the help that she has received thus far. The resilient mum shared excitedly with us that this is one of the traditional bread that originated from where she came from. It was heart-warming trying out her bakes and knowing that she is starting her home based business, selling bread and doing catering. She can whip up good Pakistani food so let us know if you’re keen to patronise her😊
Sadly though, she has developed fibroids and is scheduled to go for an operation as soon as possible. Mdm Masni is currently worried about her health and the amount of money she has to fork out should she decide to go for the $20K operation, thus, she has been putting it off despite the doctor’s recommendation.
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20 Jul 2018
Your funds have helped Mdm Masni pay off her childrens' school fees partially!
ROHI's case managers met Mdm Masni recently for her first cheque disbursement. Mdm Masni is extremely thankful for all the help that she has received throughout this period of time. Her health hasn't been in the best condition and she has been worried about paying off her childrens' school fees. Your donations came in at the right time as it helped her defray the amount partially for this month.
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14 Jun 2018
RAYA FOR HOPE
Mdm Masni is one of our identified beneficiary for the Raya for Hope Campaign, where ROHI has managed to raised $300/ family to help them celebrate Raya with joy and dignity! Mdm Masni was thankful as she can finally start preparing for raya with the amount that was given. She even invited ROHI's case managers to her place for dinner with her family! So thank you donors for all the help that you've kindly extended to them!