In the first article, we touched on the topic of poverty in Nepal, but what about poverty in our home country? Of course, in this “wealthy” city of Singapore, poverty still exists.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many lives have been negatively affected because of the loss of jobs and economic downfalls. However, the ones that are bearing the brunt of this impact are the single and/or disabled elderly as well as the single parents, struggling to put food on the table for their families. This is the 0.1% that we aim to help through our customised care initiative, that focuses on underprivileged families.
So, you might ask, how does it work? To answer your question, it is a five-step process that involves referrals from Family Care Centers, accessing the needs of beneficiaries, identifying follow-up action required and assigning volunteers to provide specific care for them.
Since the beginning of this project, we have reached out to many beneficiaries island-wide, including neighborhoods in Bukit Batok, Marsiling, Eunos and many others. Specific support provided be as simple as delivering food items to the elderly to covering the cost of medical transport, depending on the beneficiaries’ needs.
“Thank you so much Yan, Lee and Jeffery for this lovely bike!!! So overwhelmed!!! Can’t wait to ride it to work!” This is a message that a beneficiary sent to our volunteer, showing the positive impact of this initiative, as we provide practical support and bring smiles to people’s faces.