Grant Help For CP Disabled Ricardo To Deal With Disability Induced Expenses
by Ricardo Ching
(Sto. Rosario, Matag-Ob, Leyte, Philippines)
I've been married for 30 years. For the past seven years, we've lived here in the Philippines, where my wife is from.
In my wife's previous marriage, they adopted a boy. He is now married and we have two granddaughters. One daughter is in first year high school and the other is in pre-school.
I have two half sisters that never cared for me all of my life. My parents are deceased.Disability Issues
I was born in Zambalis City Philippines in 1956 out of wedlock. Mom met my stepdad, who was from Hawaii, and soon I got a sister.
After my sister was born and I was two years old, we moved to Honolulu, Hawaii.
They soon discovered that there was something wrong with me. I started pre-school at the Easter Seals Society of Hawaii. I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. I went to school every day with braces on my legs and a helmet on my head.
Now fast forward to 1975. After graduating from high school, I was told that I also have dyslexia. And so getting educated was difficult for me.
I have had many years of different jobs and all at minimum wage, except when I had a federal job for 17 years.
I had a heart attack seven years ago, retired on Disability and then moved to the Philippines.
My mom and I were very close to each other until I got married in 1987. Right after I got married, mom had fights with my wife and me over a 20-year span. Then my mom died.
And no, mom did not succeed in getting me divorced. My wife and I purchased a two-bedroom apartment. Equity was building and building, and then we lost the apartment because of the evil intentions mom had throughout the years just because I got married.
After I got laid off from Pearl Harbor, I took all of my retirement money and moved to the Philippines. I did not want to live in the same town with mom.
I started a business and lost all of my retirement money.
Today I have $570 a month Disability and $200 federal retirement.
I cancelled my medical insurance because you cannot use the insurance outside the USA. And so today I have no medical insurance.
I have no money for a life-threatening illness. I cancelled my medical insurance just to have money to survive.
I cannot go back to Hawaii, because I have no money to travel.Income Efforts
I have made 25 attempts to succeed throughout my life in Amway even in my recent years before moving back to the Philippines.
Where we live here in the Philippines we own and operate a rice mill. After typhoon Yolanda, the rice fields in our area are 50% less fruitful. As a result, the demand for rice mill service is extremely low, and so we're very far from making any profits.
I tried investing in stocks and well… you need to know what you are doing.Specific Needs
1. Before moving to the Philippines seven years ago I was already collecting SSI around $850 a month. And now that I live in the Philippines, SSI reduced me to $500 a month. Is that something that we can challenge?
2. I need dental implants. I don't know how much it will cost until I see the dentist for estimates. It could be up to $5,000.
3. I need $1200 for a new computer.
4. Because I have no insurance, I need at least $7,000 for medical expenses.
5. I need a kitchen that is above flood levels. The cost is roughly $20,000
I want to show how I spent every dollar received from any source.