Ramadan cheer for 22 families who get furniture, appliances

Madam Siti Norbayah (centre), like the other 21 low-income Muslim families in Serangoon and Ang Mo Kio, received furniture and appliances from Courts. Madam Siti is seen here with Courts Singapore marketing director Joanna Ho (left) and adviser to Al
Madam Siti Norbayah (centre), like the other 21 low-income Muslim families in Serangoon and Ang Mo Kio, received furniture and appliances from Courts. Madam Siti is seen here with Courts Singapore marketing director Joanna Ho (left) and adviser to Aljunied grassroots organisations Chan Hui Yuh.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Madam Siti Norbayah, 38, was in desperate need of new appliances and furniture.

Her refrigerator was malfunctioning; her stove was worn out; her two older children - aged 10 and 11 - were squeezing onto a single bed and their closet was broken.

Madam Siti's husband, a bus driver, is the sole breadwinner with a salary of $1,000 per month for the family of six.

The family appealed for donated furniture but nothing happened. They also stopped receiving $600 monthly as financial aid.

But over the last two weeks, Madam Siti and 21 other low-income Muslim families in Serangoon and Ang Mo Kio received a new fridge, stove, wardrobe and queen size bed. It is part of an initiative by Courts Singapore, in collaboration with the North East Community Development Council, Serangoon grassroots organisations and non-profit organisation Hira Society.

On Tuesday, Courts Singapore marketing director Joanna Ho and adviser to Aljunied grassroots organisations, Ms Chan Hui Yuh, visited two of the families, including Madam Siti's.

Courts volunteers have delivered $20,000 worth of furniture and appliances to the families in their Ramadan home delivery programme.

Ms Ho said the positive feedback to the delivery programme last year prompted this year's iteration, and that there are plans to expand it to other parts of Singapore as well.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'Ramadan cheer for 22 families who get furniture, appliances'. Print Edition | Subscribe