New diaper bank for needy families

Housewife Nor Aisha Mohamad Jupri with her sixth child, three-month-old Mohamad Rayyan Naqeeb, at the launch of Singapore's first diaper bank, held at the Jurong Spring Community Club. The scheme, called Huggies Singapore Diaper Bank @ South West, is
Housewife Nor Aisha Mohamad Jupri with her sixth child, three-month-old Mohamad Rayyan Naqeeb, at the launch of Singapore's first diaper bank, held at the Jurong Spring Community Club. The scheme, called Huggies Singapore Diaper Bank @ South West, is organised by South West Community Development Council and Kimberly-Clark.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

3,000 families with babies up to age two to get free diapers over next three years

Needy families with young children in South West District will get free diapers over the next three years.

A diaper bank launched yesterday will see a million diapers given out over the next three years to more than 3,000 low-income families with babies up to two years old.

Each beneficiary family will receive six packs of diapers.

The scheme, called Huggies Singapore Diaper Bank @ South West, is organised by South West Community Development Council and Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark is donating about $300,000 worth of Huggies diapers.

The scheme will help people such as Madam Nor Aisha Mohamad Jupri, 37. The housewife goes to Johor Baru every weekend with her 70-year-old mother to buy diapers and milk powder for her three-month-old son, Mohamad Rayyan Naqeeb.

She lives with her parents, her husband - a logistics officer and sole breadwinner - and six children in a three-room flat in Jurong West.

She said it is hard raising the children on a household salary of $1,900 a month, especially with the rising cost of milk and diapers.

Currently, her son can use up to four packs of 80 diapers each a month, costing about $80 a month.

At the launch of the diaper bank at Jurong Spring Community Club yesterday, South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling said: "For many needy families with young children, diapers can be a big strain on their day-to-day expenses. Sometimes, to save money, they may leave the diapers longer than they should - and this can cause rashes or urinary tract infection that adds to their financial worries.

FINANCIAL STRAIN

For many needy families with young children, diapers can be a big strain on their day-to-day expenses. Sometimes, to save money, they may leave the diapers longer than they should - and this can cause rashes or urinary tract infection that adds to their financial worries.

SOUTH WEST DISTRICT MAYOR LOW YEN LING

"We hope this inaugural baby diaper bank will bring much-needed relief to these parents so that they can better focus on parenting and raising their children well."

The families can collect the diapers from FairPrice Xtra @ JEM, FairPrice Xtra @ Jurong Point and Warehouse Club.

Depending on the impact of the scheme and feedback, the scheme may be expanded to other areas, South West CDC and Kimberly-Clark said.

Correction note: In the previous version of the story, we said that there is a monthly cap of six packs of diapers a family. This is wrong. Currently, each beneficiary family will receive six packs of diapers upon being identified by the scheme's organisers. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2017, with the headline 'New diaper bank for needy families'. Print Edition | Subscribe