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ABOUT THE CAUSE

There has been an increasing trend of foreign brides and Singaporean women entering into marriages that ended up abusive. The abuse does not happen overnight, and goes beyond physical abuse. The abuse happens gradually due to circumstantial reasons, with couples entering into marriages for the wrong reasons. Most of these women, either bear the abuse (e.g. for their child’s sake), or end up helpless, as they do not have the ability to be self-sufficient. In such cases, not only the women suffer, but the children too. When one person is hurt, the whole family suffers. It is already a societal problem, just that many are not aware of it.

MORE THAN JUST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Ben first learnt about this cause via a friend who is managing a shelter for these women. The shelter, located at a secret location, hopes to help these women and children recover from their trauma, and integrate back into society. Some of the women bring with them children from past marriages of foreign nationality, which does not qualify them for governmental assistance. The women and their children are hence stuck in a limbo as the women do not have the time to look for a job suitable for a single mother, nor the financial ability to help facilitate their children’s education.

FUTURE PLANS

Ben hopes that the first awareness video can bring attention to the campaign #SaveMummy and that Big Big Heart’s upcoming campaign efforts can help to garner aid to improve the lives of these mothers and their children.

“We’d like to drum out the message that when the mother is hurt, the child suffers too. If this happens collectively, our society will suffer just as much.”

Big Big Heart will be creating a movement in May to help foster the right mindset about marriage and to stop people from entering into marriages for the wrong reasons.

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