It is with great humility and hope that I gathered my courage to create a fundraiser on behalf of my cousin, about to become a single mother, and her 7 years old daughter, who has inspired us through her innocent, gentle and strong nature to keep optimism in our hearts and have faith in people.
This last Christmas, her husband confessed that he was cheating on her with one of her friends, who is also the teacher of her child, and has decided to leave the family after 17 years of marriage. To the horror of everyone, he informed also the child that "daddy no longer loves mommy". My cousin has accepted this with great dignity and courage, but she lives in constant fear and psychological abuse from her husband and his mistress.
My cousin comes from a simple background, and she is a stay at home mother, as per the arrangement with her husband who was in charge of financially providing for the family. The mistress has been threatening my cousin with her life, as she was walking down the street, near the school where she takes her daughter everyday, and her husband has not jumped to her defence. My cousin is not able to find a proper job that is child friendly, and she was forced to quit some jobs, since her husband refused or was unable to stay with the child while she had to work or go to interviews.
She cannot afford to pay a baby-sitter, nor a lawyer to help her with her divorce, and she is concerned about her and her daughter's safety every day.
Her story breaks my heart and I could not just close my eyes and hope for the best, and I know I'm not the only one. This is why I turn to all the beautiful souls out there, especially women, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmothers, who have the possibility to contribute to this cause.
The goal is to raise EUR11000 to be able to give my cousin the opportunity for a fresh start - for her to able to pay her rent, pay a baby-sitter while she needs to go find a job, pay a good lawyer to help with her divorce, and properly take care of herself and her daughter during these challenging times.
I would like to express in advance my gratitude to everyone who is touched by this, and is able to contribute even with the smallest amount or a simple share of this cause. The smallest gesture YOU make can have the biggest impact on someone's future, and you will forever be a part of their happiness!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.