When “enough” is no longer sufficient…
As the reality of Covid-19 continues to unfold, we have heard so much of businesses upended and plans gone awry. But there are some in our midst whose lives and dreams have come to a halt.
Yana, 7 years old, spends most of her time clinging to her caregiver and elder sisters at home. The little girl’s cheerful disposition belies the fact that her family survives on the bare minimum. Her caregiver, Noriah, is the family’s sole breadwinner and struggles to provide for her five children. Treats are indulgences reserved for special events. With a limited income from her part-time job, Noriah’s financial situation also does not allow for contingencies should any of the children fall ill. Yana and her family are working on getting their lives back on track with the help of TOUCH Young Arrows.
Ho Ah Tat, 72 years old, lives alone in a 1-room rental flat. Diabetes has robbed him of two of his limbs – his left leg was amputated in 2008 and a right forearm just last year. He is on public assistance and has been receiving help from TOUCH Home Care’s nursing team and the Senior Activity Centre. Despite his resilience and desire to continue to live independently, Mr Ho will require constant help and support to live well and safely in the community.
Bee Khim (not real name) works in the beauty industry. With the “Circuit Breaker” measures in place, her current income has fallen and if her employer decides to wind up business, she will lose her job. As a single mother and only breadwinner to 2 children with special needs, the financial insecurity and caregiving needs of her children weigh heavily on her mind.
These are troubled times especially for the vulnerable in our society, including low-income families, the elderly and people with special needs, whose circumstances are a constant struggle. What used to be “enough” is no longer sufficient for our beneficiaries, not in this current climate.
At TOUCH, we are doing our best to sustain lives and ensure that those under our care are not left behind. This could mean putting food on the table for a family with no income, helping a breadwinner secure employment so that bills can be paid and children have access to digital aids to study from home.
As more of us keep a physical distance from one another, let us not forget the ties of humanity and empathy which continue to bind all of us.
You can be a lifeline for those who are most in need now. We need to raise $850,000 to tide the vulnerable through the fallout caused by Covid-19. If you wish to donate your Solidarity Payment of $600 to those who are more in need, we thank you for your generous giving.
This is how you can help:
- $300 per month can help a low-income family* buy basic groceries, necessities, pay for utilities and medical needs
- $200 per month trains adults with intellectual disabilities in basic life skills and access to home-based learning
- $50 per month helps vulnerable elderly receive support services for their physical and emotional needs
Donations are eligible for 250% tax deduction. The deduction will be automatically included in your tax assessment if you've given your NRIC/FIN.
Donations applied towards helping Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Seniors will be matched by the Singapore government under the Community Silver Trust. Every dollar you give becomes two dollars towards our cause.
*TOUCH Community Services has been providing immediate and temporary financial relief of $300 per month for 3 months to low-income families whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We serve about 1000 low-income families, of which some 200 of them require urgent assistance.
- These families have a monthly average household income at $1,900 and below or a per capital income of $650 and below, which puts them in the bottom 20th percentile of the population.
- They are most vulnerable and in need of financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic when adult family members lose their jobs during the economic downturn.
- Majority of these families have members with low educational background, are low-wage earners or have other health/social issues. Most have little savings or assets to rely on for their daily needs.
- With all schools starting on Home-Based Learning, it has become an additional challenge to families and their children who do not have access to digital devices such as laptops, broadband subscriptions and video conferencing tools to continue learning without disruption.