A 10-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister were seen selling tissue close to midnight at Waterloo when they were spotted by Project Awareness.
When volunteers spoke to them, the mother said that they were sleeping in a store room that they rented since 2019. Project Awareness is a social initiative group, founded by local singer-songwriter Elson Soh.
In a Facebook post on Project Awareness’ page, it was found that the family paid $35 a day in rent for the storeroom and the use of electricity and kitchen appliances.
“but that is not a suitable place for the children to stay. Without second thought, we shifted them out to a rental HDB room, which is $600 per month. We do not want to talk about their background story as it is too complicated and it need some time to settle too. We brought them some fresh and dry rations, and arrange our delivery team to send them some clothes and books for the children”, the page read.
The social organisation added that the family was homeless because of their father’s disappearance.
“Do PM us If you can support their daily expenses and rental flat room with any amount, do contribute accordingly as they might have to stay for at least a period of 6 months until we secured some good solutions from various organisations”, the organisation said.
Along with information on the family, the post also showed a letter from HDB that was a Notice to Quit and deliver vacant possession of a flat.
In the comments section, within a few days, many wrote in offering help, donations, and clothes. Some even offered household items such as mattresses and bed frames.
Here’s what they said:
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