Ms Evon (31 years old) is currently living in a one room rental flat and has 3 children that were born out of wedlock. She is currently waiting to reunify with her eldest 12 year old daughter who is residing at a children’s home. Her children were removed from her care since they were at a very young age due to her lack of finances and ability to provide for them. Now that Ms Evon has managed to secure a BTO flat, she is looking to reunify with her daughter and fully provide for her as a mother. It is expected that her daughter can return to her care in December, while her 11 year old son and 8 year old daughter are still in children’s home.
Even though Ms Evon occasionally visits her children at the homes, the feeling is never quite similar as to being there physically to provide emotional and financial support and care for her daughter. That feeling of reunification must be both exciting yet foreign and daunting, especially when it comes with so many new responsibilities. Nonetheless, Ms Evon told us that she is elated to be able to welcome her daughter home as she will finally be able to be there with her, to witness her growth. However, she is concerned that finances is an issue and that she will not be able to provide for her daughter. In order to provide the best for her daughter and a healthy environment for her to grow up in, Ms Evon has secured a BTO flat and is intending to shift from her one room rental unit. Ongoing arrears aside, the renovation costs are likely to incur a huge amount of debts as the new flat is an empty shell now. She told us that she is looking to rent out one of the rooms to earn the extra income that the family need, but for now, she really wants to give the best care to her daughter and to make up for all the years that she could not provide. Food expenses are also likely to increase with the addition of another family member. In addition, previous debts that were accumulated and financing of her new flat might delay her ability to have her children back in her care.
Thus, ROHI hopes to help the family defray their living expenses by raising $200/month for 3 months to ensure that both the daughter and the family have sufficient food supply. The money raised will be used to buy NTUC food vouchers that are stamped with no alcohol and no tobacco.