Hope Place helps needy family

Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan (right) and a staff member (left) handing over food aid to Ling (second right) and her husband.

KUCHING: Hope Place has come to the aid of a family struggling with dwindling incomes during this second conditional movement control order (CMCO) period.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) received a call for help from worried mother Ling Siik Ling after she and her husband found themselves in financial desperation when the CMCO started again earlier this month.

Ling and her husband, both in their mid-30’s, used to have moderate but sufficient incomes. Her husband delivers newspapers every day while Ling helps out part-time at a fried kueh tiaw stall at night.

They have three children aged six years, five years and six months.

The husband and wife were almost able to improve their incomes in September but as the pandemic continued, their incomes dropped drastically.

Ling is even more concerned as most of their incomes are spent on their baby and little else. 

“Everything is so expensive nowadays, especially with young children,” she said, referring to the baby formula she had to purchase as well as medical bills.

The family stays in an old, rundown wooden house at Stampin Baru Road. The Hope Place team also noticed that there are many cracks on the floor and walls. 

Hope Place is providing them with basic food aid and baby formula. The NGO will continue to help this family until their financial circumstances improve.

For more information, Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (PKHK) can be reached at 082-505987.  Opening hours are from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Fridays and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. 

PKHK is currently helping more than 190 families/individuals. All donations are welcome and receipts will be given upon request.