Up to one in three children with a working single parent is living in poverty in Kuala Lumpur. Single parents – especially single mothers – are go-to scapegoats whenever the going gets tough. Single-mother families are struggling in the rise in cost of living and having minimal to no support. Mothers with low pay, job insecurity, health issues and welfare cuts hit the vulnerable the hardest.
Although cities offer many social and economic opportunities, children in urban areas are more likely to live in low-income families than are rural or suburban children. Material hardship can have negative, long-term social, emotional, and developmental consequences for children; children in urban areas are disproportionately vulnerable.
London Speaker Bureau Asia aims to narrow the gap by helping two single mothers with children living in the urban areas with their monthly rental and ad hoc expenses. The two families that are receiving the assistance have greatly benefited from through rental, medical and mentoring support.