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The Financial Strain of Caring for the Young

Updated: May 25, 2023

Providing aid through our Ehsan Baby Care project

Managing your household affairs, taking care of your family and juggling your full-time work; it can be a pretty testing phase of life for most of us. Raising a family is truly no easy task.

For many of our beneficiaries who are young parents, there are many worries that keep them occupied, be it keeping a full-time job, achieving financial stability, and planning for their children’s future.

One such parent that we met, Afiq, expressed the struggles he goes through as he brings up four daughters.

Last August was the first time we met Afiq and his lovely four daughters.

The children were so excited to welcome us and even gave us hugs after we gifted them with some sweets. His daughters are aged 5, 3, 2 and the youngest just turned 1-year-old.

“I’ve just gotten a new job, as a Safety Coordinator. Before this, I worked as a part-time rider but I had to change jobs because of some issues relating to my children’s child care. Now I’m working every Monday to Saturdays, 8am to 5pm,” Afiq shared with our team.

He is the sole breadwinner of the family and has to take on added responsibilities after his wife recently got sick. However, his wife is still in charge of the household expenses and always buys essential items in bulk every month, spending at least $200 just for baby essentials.

For Afiq, he shared how each of his daughters drinks a different milk powder brand, with one tin costing at least $40. Every month, he needs at least two tins per child.

With inflation on the rise, it’s no surprise that young parents in Singapore, like Afiq, are worried about their family’s finances. With financial and job stability, these parents can provide their family with basic needs that are vital for their growth.

During our visit, Afiq shared that it has been difficult for him, especially as he does not want to trouble and stress his wife. Rather, he wants his wife to get enough rest and get better.

For our team, it was heartwarming to see how open Afiq was with sharing his story and struggles with us. Perhaps, it might have also been because one of our volunteers is a young father as well and could relate to what Afiq was going through.

Hearing Afiq’s story touched our hearts. It strengthened our intentions to support these young parents to allow them to continue giving their children the standard of living that they wish for them to have.

And that’s what our Ehsan Baby Care campaign aims to do. The campaign aims to provide low-income families with a month’s supply of baby milk powder and diapers for their little ones, as well as providing the essentials they need to grow up well and healthy. With your help, they will be able to find other means for their sustenance and lessen their worries each month.

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