38-year-old Julyana, who came to Singapore years ago from Indonesia, takes great pride about being able to reside in Singapore with her 48-year-old husband, Simon. Comparing to the living conditions that she has been living in half her life, Julyana is thankful for all that she has today. However, being a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), she is still subjected to paying exorbitant charges at the clinics whenever she is unwell. Since then, Julyana does not spend much time and effort on herself. Out of work, she devotes the remaining of her time to caring for her husband, who has been physically unfit to work since his accident in March last year.
In March 2017, Simon was on his way to work when he met with an accident while he was riding his motorcycle. As a result of the accident, Simon suffered several broken ribs, as well as a ruptured colon which had collapsed onto his bladder. He underwent his first major operation in April 2017 where he was hospitalized for about two months. He was then forced to stop work due to his ailing health. The subsequent health checks also revealed that Simon was also suffering from Type 2 diabetes, as well as liver and heart issues. Although he has been advised to go for a liver transplant, he is unable to afford the surgery fees.
Simon used to work as a delivery dispatch in the F&B industry, earning about S$1,800 before the accident. With the ever-accumulating household and medical bills to pay, the couple continues to worry about their finances as they now relies on Julyana’s income of S$1,300 to make ends meet each month.
With close to $13,000 of accumulated debts owing to various government agencies, the couple worries that the debts will never be cleared and they will never be able to get out of the poverty cycle. With the little that she earns, Julyana struggles to pay off their bills and debts each month.
Quoting Julyana, “Even robots will break down one day. Everyone thinks that I am happy-go-lucky, that’s because they do not know the problems and stress I have to face every single day”. Despite the trying times, Julyana chooses to have a positive outlook towards her life and the day-to-day challenges she has to face.
ROHI would like to raise S$960.00 (S$240 x 4 months) for the couple’s transportation expenses.
19 Jul 2018
Updates on Madam Julyana and family
The case managers met Madam Julyana yesterday for her cheque disbursement. She shared with us that she has started working part-time as a food stall assistant about two weeks ago on top of her current job as a food packer. Madam Julyana is extremely grateful for the donations that have come through as this would help the family financially. She told us that although she appears to be positive, she feels extremely tired from working continuously everyday. The long working hours has also taken a negative toll on her health, and she feels that she has no one to confide in, especially during times when her husband is not feeling well. Despite that, she feels happy and greatly encouraged knowing that she has the support of her friends, including the case managers at ROHI! We hope that with the encouragements, Madam Julyana will continue to remain positive and stay strong for her family!
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12 Jun 2018
Raya for Hope Campaign
In view of Hari Raya, ROHI ran a Raya for Hope Campaign, and Mdm Julyana was one of the beneficiaries identified. The case managers disbursed the S$300 raised to her family yesterday. She says that this amount would be useful in paying off some of the household bills. We also understand that her husband had to return to the hospital today after he had a fall onto the bed earlier in the day and could not support himself thereafter. We will check in on him again and provide an update soon.
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14 May 2018
Delivery of milk powder
A kind donor delivered 4 tins of milk powder to Mr Simon last week. Thank you!