Help the newlyweds Val and Allan jump start their new beginning (finally) after almost 9 years of trials and grief. They've always wanted to get married, but had to keep putting it off whenever they started preparing for it.
Their Story ....
We've been together since 2009 and the journey was a rollercoaster of happiness and immense pain. I was a single mother with 2 boys and I was three months pregnant when we both lost our jobs and ended up depending on the generosity of my parents as I was suffering from previa and Allan needed to care for me and my children. 3 months after a terrible storm hit the country I prematurely gave birth to a darling boy who lived for only 22 days and left this world due to sepsis. It was hell for me as I fell into depression until I found work as a freelancer.
After 2 years since our loss, I was pregnant again with a high risk of losing my baby and Allan losing me, but we held on to our faith. Once again we both lost our jobs as caring for me and my school aged boys required Allan's time and we had no one with us to help out. We almost lost our daughter but she was a fighter and was born without needing extra help at the hospital. I however required extra attention with the severe loss of blood I experienced, but seeing my darling daughter helped me fight. At that moment we decided to have my tubes tied and promised to get married to start fresh with God's blessing.
When months rolled on and we both found better jobs and was just starting to dig our selves out of debt and save up for our wedding, we discovered that I was pregnant again and this time with twin boys. Unfortunately, I was already hitting 4 months when we found out that it wasn't just UTI, aunt flo on a mood swing, stress or lack of sleep that was making me ill. We didn't have enough money to cover a very delicate pregnancy and hospital expenses. We both pushed ourselves to work harder and I battled pain to ensure I could work to afford everything as we did not know that I could get pregnant again and we were not financially ready. But sadly, one morning I woke up to severe pain and a pool of blood. Our twins were only 5 months with very weak lungs. They died after a few days one day apart.
Losing my twins and having a second ligation this time a complete tie and cut, drove me to depression yet again and I could not work or care for my kids, or even get myself to care for myself. Allan had to be beside me and we lived on mostly help, until kind and patient friends helped me recover so I could work again to once again pay off debts and provide a better life for our children.
This first week of December with only 2 months of preparation for a very small laidback and intimate affair at the closest church to our house, we finally said our vows, received God's blessing with family and closest of friends as our witness. We spent most of what we could for the ceremony and reception (at our backyard) that mirrored our personalities, but neglected to actually leave something for just the two of us to celebrate our dream come true (no honeymoon as no one can care for the kids) and start a small business for a passive income.
Because financial debt is something they do not wish to go through again, we've decided to start this campaign hoping for generosity from those who might understand the pain they've gone through and the hope they are holding onto for a new beginning, a new life for them as husband and wife, and their children.
We will consider your gifts as blessings that they have so longed for a fresh start as husband and wife. It will go towards an outing or staycation with the kids followed by a lovely candlelight dinner when they are asleep, to add more gifts to give a growing number of children at a nearby squatters area and added capital for a small business for Allan as he has been unable to find work for sometime now. This business is what they are hoping to help with school tuition for the children.
They also firmly believe in paying it forward in every possible way so your gifts will not only help them, but others as well in their community as they give gifts to children before Christmas each year.