My parents are wonderful and generous people, but they are struggling to make ends meet! A lot of unforseen expenses have sent their finances deep into the red. My mom works 2 jobs, the main one being for a church - the salary depends on the tithing income on sundays - and my dad has a home-based practice where the income is also varied based on clients - and when there are few clients he has no money.
Most of their expenses have been car-related and house-related. The cars they have are both 2nd hand and old, and there are endless expenses and things that need fixing. The fridge packed up, the washing machine is hanging on by a thread, the stove (after recently being fixed) is giving major problems. The building of a busy road behind the house has resulted in multiple cracks and issues caused by the heavy machinery vibrations over the 2 years it took to build the road, this includes a leaking roof that needs urgent fixing. Thousands has been spent on fixing and re-laying the shower, but there is a water pipe in the wall that leaks and has ruined a large section of paint in the passage as well as rotted away the wooden inside of the cupboard in the passage. For safety reasons (i.e. the new busy road behind the house) they have discussed bricking up the braai-room to make it a proper room on the house and/or fit trelidoors around the outside of it. The side gates of the house are old and totten wood with pieces missing and that no longer lock which is also a safety issue.
My parents are really deserving of a little help. They are kind and good Christian people - my dad was a minister for 20 years and remains a missionary, having built up good relationships with the small churches in china. My mom has worked as a church secretary since for over 20 years, a job she loves but which doesn't pay nearly enough.
I just want to be able to help them out but i can't do it myself!