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Finding hope in a hard place

Following a bad fall at home in May 2020, Mdm Mugiah Binte Karjo experienced a steep decline in her mobility, making her mostly bedbound. The 89-year-old, who was living with a flatmate in a 1-room rental flat then, had to rely on a neighbour and his wife to help with everyday tasks.

But when they moved out, Mdm Mugiah had no one to take care of her.

Amidst her changed circumstances, Mdm Mugiah found certainty when she was admitted to MWS Nursing Home–Yew Tee. She said, “There are nurses here to attend to my needs. They will ask me what I want and joke with me. I have a nurse whom I’m especially fond of—she will always come over to talk to me and find out how I’m doing.”

Besides receiving professional care, Mdm Mugiah, who has neither savings nor family support, also received assistance from MWS to apply for various grants including medical fee waivers. In addition, MWS absorbed the fees for transport and medical escort services to ensure that Mdm Mugiah can continue receiving the care she needs.

Lifting up the vulnerable

Mdm Mugiah is among thousands under MWS’ care, some of whom rely on the MWS Specific Assistance scheme to meet urgent needs especially during these difficult times.

This year, we estimate that $2.36 million is needed to provide critical and immediate help for individuals and families in need of emergency funds to tide them over. Beneficiaries have used these funds to cover essential daily living costs such as utilities, rental, phone bills, food, milk powder, diapers and medical fees.

With growing poverty posed by the pandemic, these beneficiaries face tremendous uncertainties in their lives. Give them the certainty that they deeply hope for today.

Love in deed is love indeed

The Bible exhorts us to be generous to our neighbour. In Luke 3:11, John the Baptist told his followers that “whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise”. Turn your compassion into practical action today by visiting mws.sg/product/give-certainty or scanning the QR code, and help vulnerable families and individuals meet their critical and urgent needs. Every dollar goes towards giving certainty to our beneficiaries.

By the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Communications Team/ Visuals courtesy of MWS