Who would have thought that a foreign widow would be entitled to her financial right and protected by law when she was in financial difficulty?
Nita (pseudonym), a 41 years old single mother whose husband passed away in an accident a few years ago, has to raised two children aged 14 and 9 all by herself. During those years following her husband's death, there was not much insurance payout left which she could depend on. As a foreigner with two kids, she was struggling to provide for her family and could only earn a modest income by selling home-cooked food. As Nita’s financial situation got worse, coincidentally the volunteers from Adonai Centre reached out to her after learning about her predicament from a sister in Christ.
As the volunteers gained a complete understanding of her situation, they learned that Nita was eligible to apply for compensation from the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) for her husband's death. The volunteers were participants of the social security protection workshop organised during the 7979 National Conference of Volunteers in 2019, thus they were well versed in matters pertaining to social security protection. They finally had the opportunity to apply what they have learned, and Nita’s application for compensation from SOCSO was successful! Now Nita receives about RM1000 from SOCSO every month. Despite the monthly payout from SOCSO, the church continued to provide food aid to this family through the 7979 Manna Food Bank for one whole year. This two-pronged effort eased the financial burden of the family and gave Nita a little breathing space in her struggle to overcome financial difficulty. During that one year, other than the Manna Food Bag, the volunteers also gave a lot of encouragement to the family. The family's financial status has now become stable and they are able to meet their daily needs without the Manna Food Bag.