While an individual pays for his crimes by being incarcerated and locked up, it is usually the family whom they leave behind, that suffers the most. Besides dealing with the disappointment in their loved ones when they have committed a crime, they often have to step up and cope with the financial struggles as well.
Mr Saleh is a 51 year old who was incarcerated because of drugs. The 51 year old is known to be a father of two teenage children and a loving husband to his wife. The family has been struggling financially to make ends meet ever since Mr Saleh was detained.
Mr Saleh’s wife became the family’s sole breadwinner and singlehandedly paid for the children’s school fees and living expenses as they grow up. Working as a childcare teacher, Mr Saleh’s wife doesn’t bring home much but just barely enough for the family to survive on. On top of that, the family still has housing mortgages to pay for. Things got worse when her health took a turn for the worse, and Mr Saleh’s wife recently had to undergo an operation and seek stem cell treatment. She is currently under medication and is in the midst of recuperating.
The family is worried about their financial state and how to go forward from here. Mr Saleh is also suffering from skin problems with an infected toe that requires constant medication and follow up. The medical expenses will also likely add on to their concerns. The couple is most worried about their children’s living expenses right now and hopes to receive a few months of interim assistance as Mr Saleh settle in.
Thus, ROHI will be raising $250 for 3 months for the family's living expenses. The amount raised will be used to purchase NTUC vouchers to help the family reduce their living arrears.