This Crisis Was Not Going to be the End of My Life

Yeni Zulaika‭, ‬single mother of four children‭, ‬is a shining example of smiling through life’s ups and downs‭.
Yeni is always smiling whenever you see her. Her children have adopted her special smile too. Their wide grins radiate warmth and optimism despite the hardship that the family goes through.

Following the divorce from her then-husband‭, ‬Yeni channelled all her energy into giving her kids a better life‭.‬‭ ‬“This crisis was not going to be the end of my life‭,‬”‭ ‬she said with full conviction‭. ‬“No‭, ‬it would be the beginning of my life for me and my kids‭.‬”

A social worker who attended to her case introduced her to HCSA Dayspring SPIN‭ (Single Parents INformed, INvolved, INcluded), ‬where its volunteer-driven network offered Yeni emotional‭,‬‭ ‬social‭, ‬and practical support‭. ‬Yeni also expresses her appreciation for the outings and workshops the programme organises for the children to take part in and have fun‭. 

Her life story speaks of her character, determination and strength as a devoted mother who desires only the best for her family. The closeness that they share is evident in their loving interactions among one another.

During Yeni’s journey with HCSA SPIN‭, ‬she was matched with Jennifer‭, ‬a volunteer‭. ‬The latter helped watch out for Yeni’s family‭, ‬and even celebrated festive occasions like Christmas with them‭. ‬“It brought me joy to see the smiles on my children’s faces as they played with their new friends and eagerly opened presents‭,‬”‭ ‬Yeni recalls‭.‬‮ ‬

Since her case closed in 2019‭, ‬Yeni has become an alumni member of HCSA SPIN‭. ‬She has participated in various events the programme has organised and shares her life story with others‭. ‬She is grateful to HCSA SPIN for extending care to her even after the closure of her case‭. ‬

“Like every mother‭, ‬I want to see my kids grow up to be happy‭, ‬independent‭, ‬good people and successful in their unique ways‭. ‬I hope my life shows them that it is possible to overcome struggles with tenacity and a positive attitude‭.‬”‭ ‬

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