Care Corner Singapore celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone in a meaningful way, we are raising funds for five special causes close to our hearts. Join us in ‘40 Days of Care’ from 2 Aug to 10 Sep 2021. Let’s come together to forge new beginnings, give hope and bring care to our beneficiaries in a tangible manner.
About the Cause
Goal: Support transnational low-income families in need of emergency medical funds
As of 2016, 1 in 3 marriages in Singapore consist of transnational marriages. Some of these unions are plagued by domestic issues including abuse, financial constraints and challenges in securing a long-term stay in Singapore. Many spouses do not qualify for medical subsidies due to their foreigner status. Coping with day-to-day responsibilities, many of them struggle to pay medical bills when there are medical emergencies or if they have chronic illnesses. Supporting transnational families ensures children have their basic needs met and prevents a lifetime of risks and adversities from poor nutrition and lack of medical care from the start.
Sarina (29) was referred to our Marriage Support team for financial assistance. Overcoming excessive bleeding during her 7-month pregnancy due to a low-lying placenta, her son’s birth complications took a toll on her and the family. Hospitalised for over a month, the medical bills amounted to approximately $30,000. The financial burden piled on to her physical and emotional suffering.
Sarina’s Long-Term Visit Pass (LTPV) status limited her eligibility for financial resources to provide for her newborn, 3-year-old child, and family. In addition to her son’s medical needs and outstanding bills, the family struggled with their monthly rent and children’s basic necessities such as diapers and milk powder.
Like Sarina’s, there are many transnational families who cannot afford medical emergencies. We can help parents and their children have a stable home. One family at a time, one bill at a time.
*Not her real name
Donations received from 2 August 2021 to 10 September 2021 will be eligible for matching fund by Tote Board, subject to approval.