Mdm Meredith*, 44 years old, is an unfortunate victim of continual domestic violence. She has a 9 year old daughter, who suffers from dyslexia. On 19th August 2016, Mdm Meredith was forced to leave her only family home by her younger brother and Mother, without her daughter. With the help of social services and the police, she was able to retrieve her daughter from them after that.
Life for Mdm Meredith has not been easy after the eviction.. She had a very difficult and prolonged divorce, and her ex-husband has not been providing her with spousal maintenance or housing. She is also estranged from her immediate Singaporean family and has very little contact with them. As a Permanent Resident, Mdm Meredith and her daughter struggles to find a roof over their head and currently lives in a transitional shelter with no proper place to call their own.
Her daughter has difficulties coping with school due to her condition and attends an after-school programme for students with dyslexia where she is taught literacy at her own pace.
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Mdm Meredith is currently working as a temporary admin assistant and earns less than S$1000 per month. As a single mother to a special needs daughter, Mdm Meredith has to be home occasionally to care for her daughter's needs because she is unable to afford an aftercare school. She is isolated from her Singaporean family, so there is no one that she can depend on to care for her daughter while she works.
They are also struggling financially as her daughter’s dyslexic programme fees are expensive. Her daughter requires the added assistance of the programme as she would otherwise be unable to cope with school.
Mdm Meredith is determined to find a better paid full time employment where she is able to better support her daughter. Once she has found full time employment she plans to enrol her daughter into an aftercare school and find a more permanent housing solution where the environment is more conducive and stable for her daughter.
Mdm Meredith is actively going for interviews and during this period, she struggles financially. Most of her salary is used to pay for her daughter’s programme fees and she is left with very little for their living expenses or saving up to secure permanent housing.
*Name has been changed to protect the identity of Mdm Meredith as she continues to resiliently cares for her special needs daughter.