54-year-old Mr Ravi who suffers from Hepatitis C, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, used to work in a laundry company, earning about S$1,450 before his incarceration. Since his incarceration and after his parents passed away, Mr Ravi does not keep in regular contact with the rest of his siblings and relies on himself to make ends meet.
Before his incarceration, Mr Ravi was staying with his younger brother who recently suffered a stroke and is currently recuperating in the hospital. Mr Ravi told us that it pains him deeply to see his brother struggling to recover from the stroke, and he, too, wishes to contribute to the family. Since he was hospitalized, Mr Ravi has been visiting him every day without fail.
When ROHI case managers met Mr Ravi, he told us that he is due to be discharged from the halfway house in December 2018, and hopes to be able to find employment thereafter so that he can support himself. He hopes that by being able to support himself, he can lighten the financial burdens of his brother who was divorced years ago. Despite having only a primary school education, Mr Ravi recognizes the importance of upgrading himself so that he can start preparing himself for employment in the near future. Mr Ravi confided in us that deep down, he regrets taking the wrong step to consume drugs and longs to be accepted by the society one day. Realizing the amount of determination that is required, Mr Ravi hopes to be supported by the people around him.
ROHI would like to raise S$1,050 (S$350 x 3 months) for Mr Ravi’s living expenses while he slowly gets back on his feet.
*NTUC vouchers will be purchased to help Mr Ravi and his family with their living arrears.