A representative of Hope Place (right) with Ijau (second right) and her family during a visit to present donations to the family.

KUCHING: Hope Place listened to a woman’s plea to help her family by contributing a wheelchair and adult diapers.

Ijau Gimad, a 62-year-old woman who lives in Skim Penempatan Stapok, is taking care of her 66-year-old bedridden husband, Senawi Dubit, and her mentally-challenged adult son.

“Ijau earns her living by collecting wild vegetables and selling them. However, a few months ago, she injured her leg while looking for wild produce.

“She is now waiting for surgery to insert metal support into her leg,” said Hope Place founder Kelvin Wan in a statement on Thursday.

He said that Senawi couldn’t replace the family’s breadwinner as he has been bedridden for quite a long time.

“He used to work in the construction sector but suffered a serious back injury after a horrible accident at a work site, which rendered him unable to walk.

“Besides her husband, Ijau also takes care of their mentally-challenged son. Although disabled, her son used to work at a construction site doing odd jobs but after the movement control order (MCO), he became unemployed.

“The couple also has three other children who are married, but they live far away. Their children do help from time to time, but with their own families to feed and struggling with finances, they are unable to help much,” he pointed out.

On Hope Place’s part, Wan explained that they would be giving food aid to the family once every three months.

Members of the public interested in making a donation can bank in money to Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (Maybank account 5112-8900-1160).

For more information, Hope Place can be reached at 013-567 2775. Opening hours are from 8.30am to 5pm (Mondays to Fridays) and 8.45am to 12pm on Saturdays.