The 12-year-old elder sister, Elynn Tan We Win, is shy and quiet, while her nine-year-old younger sister, Andeline Tan Jia Ling, is lively and outgoing. The sisters have different personalities but share the same fate – their parents left them, and their grandmother and aunt were forced to care for them. The sisters not only need to readapt to a new life but also need to receive counselling for their mental and psychological well-being.
Originally, their 47-year-old aunt, who is unmarried, lived with her 71-year-old mother. Their life was barely passable, but now, the burden of caring for the two nieces fell on the shoulder of the aunt, resulting in her facing financial difficulties. As she could no longer afford the expenses of the sisters, she approached One Hope Charity for help.
【The aunt shoulders the burden of taking care of her two nieces. She must fetch them to and from school and guide them in their studies. She is tired, and her mother, who is in her 70s, is worried】
12-year-old Elynn Tan and nine-year-old Andeline Tan used to stay with her parents in a terrace house in Bukit Mertajam. Their mother is Burmese, and the whole family moved to Myanmar five years ago.
Before this year's Chinese New Year, the 40-year-old father suddenly brought his two daughters back to Malaysia to visit his elderly mother. Unexpectedly, he left without leaving a single word the next day. The two children are currently living with their grandmother and aunt, and the family's financial burden falls solely on the aunt.
"Previously, our family's income was low, and we had to spend carefully. And now, it is even more difficult as we have to raise two children. My daughter will fetch my younger granddaughter to school every day during lunch break and then wait for my elder granddaughter to finish school and pick her up. She will pack some food and eat in the office. After returning home from work, she will need to guide her two nieces in their studies at night," said the sad grandmother.
Elynn Tan previously studied Year One in a Chinese primary school, and Andeline Tan also attended a childcare centre before moving to Myanmar. And now, the grandmother has enrolled her two granddaughters in a nearby Chinese primary school. However, the sister can only speak and write some simple Chinese, so they must work harder to keep up with the progress. They can't attend tuition classes due to the family's financial status.
The grandmother, two granddaughters and the aunt rent a single-storey terrace house, but the owner recently decided to sell off the property. In addition, there are termites in the house, so they have to move out as soon as possible.
The sisters' grandfather died from a heart attack many years ago. The elderly couple has three children. Their eldest son died of kidney failure more than a decade ago, and their youngest son, the sisters' father, is nowhere to be located. Their 47-year-old daughter works as a clerk with a salary of about RM1,600. She needs to pay the house rental fee, car loan, and care for her elderly mother. And now, she needs to support the living and education expenses of the two children. She is helpless as she cannot afford the family's expenditures, even if they are frugal.
After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to adopt the sisters and raise their living and education expenses for at least five years. The family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf.
Call One Hope Charity's hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192 or 019-232 2192