Firstly, I'd like to introduce myself. This is a very exciting time for me, so I don't want to get to the sad details, and many of my friends - internet friends and real-life friends will know my story already, but my name is Elizabeth and I am 22 years old.
I am the guardian of 3 amazing, clever and caring children (my siblings) who deserve only the best. I love them to bits and would literally do anything for them. I am doing my best to take care of them. Due to tragic circumstances and because of my retrenchment last year, we have been suffering financially and we've struggled to make ends meet every month. I have been doing freelance jobs wherever I could and tried to make things work as far as I could. Many times, I needed some help from food banks, kind strangers from across the globe and a few locals who didn't have much but did not hesitate to give when the need was there.
I have finally managed to secure a job and with the job I will be able to take care of my siblings with regards to our monthly expenses. Although the job does not pay extremely well, I am grateful for the fact that I will be able to cover our basic expenses (rent, food and utilities) at the least.
There is only one problem - we would have to relocate for me to be able to get to work while having my siblings close by in case of an emergency as I am their only guardian. With relocation, comes the requirement of a huge amount of money needed for the rental (damage) deposit (refundable when the lease ends). I would like to ask for the help of kind strangers and friends one last time to secure a home for us where my siblings will be safe and close to where I work.
The monthly rental for the flatlet we would like to rent is R5900 ($422).
The rental deposit required is R9750 ($682).
And since we will need a fridge so that our food does not spoil, we'd need another R3500 ($245) for a secondhand fridge. (The refrigerator we currently have is property of our current landlord.)
The rental agent has agreed to let me pay the rental when I receive my first paycheck, but the deposit, unfortunately, needs to be paid upfront. This is the amount of R9750.
We would like to move by the end of this week as I have to be at work on Monday and I would like to get my siblings settled before they have to go to their new school- luckily transferring to a new school won't be a big problem.
If you are able to donate something - literally anything, I would be so grateful. I am doing my best to do some extra freelance jobs this week to try to make some of the money we need, so if there is anything I can do for you (admin work, transcriptions, tax admin, etc.) in exchange for your contribution, please email me at [email protected]
Thank you so much and God bless you ❤🙏
Thank you so much to those who donated! May God bless you with tenfolds of that which you have given!
I have extended the cut off date for donations.
I started working today, and my siblings are back at home (they did not go to school today because a few teachers at their school have been tested positive for the virus) so this buys me some more time to gather enough money for us to move by the end of this week.
At the time of writing this update, we have reached $500, however, I did not realize that the crowdfunding site, as well as PayPal would subtract their fees of 4.5% and 5% respectively. So currently we have a total of $452.50. This does not include the 1.51% fees required to do a currency exchange at the local bank (I will do this once I have at least the deposit and admin fee).
I have been able to get the REAL cost of our move and our expenses are as follows:
First months rent - R5900 (I am responsible for this when I get my first paycheck)
Rental deposit - R9750 (due upfront)
Lease admin fee - R1100 (due upfront)
Fridge - R3250 (this is the cheapest second hand one I could find and I've asked for it to be held for us)
Moving costs - R800 (It's a 69km drive, and I have negotiated this price down from R1200)
This brings it to a total of R14 900 ($1054).
The transaction fees for this amount is $110.64
For this reason, I am going to increase my ask to $1165 in order to cover the transaction fees, as well as the expenses that I did not realize needed to be paid.
Thank you once again to each and everyone who donated. You have no idea how much it means to know that we have your support and love!