Who We Are
My name is Jethro, I come from a loving family of four.
First up is my mother, Shelley-Anne, the glue that holds us together. A wonderful outspoken person with the most comfortable shoulder you could imagine.
My father, Jerome, an old soul. A man of few words but words full of wisdom.
My baby sister, Monique. She is about to start high school… That should say enough!
And then me, I like to think I embody all their best traits. My mother might say otherwise though.
Five years ago my parents were retrenched, with no stable income they struggled to just put food on the table for their two kids. Many nights passed where they went to bed on an empty stomach to make sure that my younger sister and I had something to eat. With all of these problems surrounding them the bills started piling up and soon we had lost our comfortable three bedroom house. The last choice we had left for a roof over our heads was to move into a garage.
As you can see from the pictures, this little rectangle has to accommodate a family of four. Privacy is non-existent and a cupboard separates us when we wash or change. There are no utilities of any kind, we fetch water from a tap outside to drink, we have to knock on the door of our landowner each time we need to use the toilet. We breathe in noxious fumes from the car we share our living space with on a daily basis and the worst part is that no plants will grow inside because of the lack of windows (the car actually makes a good alarm clock haha).
Its now almost 3 years later since that first day and we have indeed come far.
When we had it all we took so much for granted, passing each other in the hallways with barely saying a word, each caught up in their world. We felt we were happy, or at the very least, content. Then we landed up in a tiny box barely bigger than our old bedrooms.
The first 6 months were tough. At times it was almost unbearable.
However, soon a wonderful thing happened. We started falling into a routine that suited everybody, tensions started loosening and there was some sense of normality returning. We started talking more, opening up to one another in ways that would not of been possible had we still lived our old life. We have now come to believe that all of this needed to happen, to bring our family together as one, a stronger foundation to build our new lives on. In a new Home.
We have started a crowdfunding campaign to help us get the deposit needed to get a house/flat.
Our target and aim for the first phase is R15 000/20 000 $.
To make a big goal more attainable we are doing the campaign in phases over several platforms.
Our total end goal is $12 000 - $13 000.
This money will be used as a deposit to secure a bank loan for a two bedroom flat which averages between $40 000 - $45 000 in a safe and central environment.
Any extra money gained after the total has been reached will be added to the deposit which will then turn into a Home bond/mortgage. And a wonderful home it will be
We are grateful to you, the reader, for taking your time to read our message. We thank all our donors by keeping a special place in our hearts, without you none of it will be possible.
Above all, The Lord. A shinning star in the darkest of rooms.
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