When things get tough, the tough get going. That’s exactly what Cloe (16) did when her family encountered a variety of setbacks. With the help of her loved ones and Prison Fellowship Singapore (PFS), Cloe managed to rise above her struggles towards success.
It was a difficult period for Cloe and her family when her father went to prison. As Cloe recalls, “My family was quite lost. We didn’t know which way to go, or how to get a source of income because my mum wasn’t working at that time.”
Despite their worries, the family was introduced to one avenue of assistance: Prison Fellowship Singapore (PFS) and its programme, Care Club, which reaches out to the children and families of PFS beneficiaries, supporting them as they get adjusted to any changes in their lives that have taken place.
Through Care Club, Cloe and her three siblings learned that they were not the only children experiencing sudden upheaval and change in their lives after their loved ones entered prison, as they met the families of fellow PFS beneficiaries through various activities such as tuition sessions and restaurant dinner celebrations.
Cloe was also thankful for the tuition sessions provided by Care Club. “My sister loves (Zoom tuition) sessions with her friends. I always see them laughing and having fun. I think she’s enjoying it a lot.”
The assistance did not end there. Through PFS, the family got to know about Antioch Church, where Cloe’s mother received a job recommendation and soon started her new job, supplementing the family’s source of income.
“Care Club has given us a lot of support. Through that, we felt that we were supported by many, and that if we had any help, we can always turn to Prison Fellowship. Care Club has helped us,” Cloe explained.
A mother’s wisdom
Cloe’s mother has been a driving force in her motivation to study hard with words of encouragement. She took her mother’s words of wisdom to heart and worked hard with extra classes and regular revision together with her classmates.
Cloe also balanced her time between her studies and other activities such as basketball, volleyball, drawing and painting.
Cloe’s passion for basketball also propelled her to greater heights of success. She managed to secure a place in Junior College via DSA, thanks to basketball.
Cloe highlighted that she hopes to study engineering and become a medical physicist, which entails creating or fixing machines which are used for medical purposes. With such a career, she would be able to help others, paying forward the help and support which she has received and sharing it with others who are also in need.
Cloe’s story is a testament of what one can achieve despite their struggles. PFS is thankful and blessed to count Cloe and her family as members of our beneficiary community and joyfully journey together.