Hello. My name is Romina and I'm from Argentina. My family is small, it's just my younger brother, my mother and myself. We are going through a difficult moment due to someone that we used to rely entirely on is suing us.
This person used to work for us, helping my mother mostly since she's very ill (severe asthma, diabetes, hypertension, kidney problems and a lump in one of her breasts that require surgery).
We live in a very big house and my brother and me work all day to be able to support it because it's the only place we have. This house was built over a period of 10 years by my father. When he and my grandmother were alive we were able to maintain it but since they both passed away almost 10 years ago (my father 10, my grandma 7, my father had cancer and my grandmother had a form of palsy), I have become the main supplier of income which with my mother's minimum pension and my brother's work we can barely maintain it. Taxes in my city (Rosario) are extremely high and we have debts already with this house so all our money goes to pay all of that.
Since my mother's health has deteriorated and our house has been on sale since the moment my father stopped working due to his illness. Since it's so big and the economy of our country so bad, we are not getting buyers but people do come from time to time to see the house, so we have to keep the house in good condition - as much as possible. Because of all of this (my mother's health and the need to keep the house in good condition), several years ago we hired a woman to help us with my mother and house keeping.
We really liked her because our previous experiences have been bad, and she was different. But slowly her true nature started to come out. My mother would call me scared and nervous - thus affecting her blood pressure - because this woman would yell and scream at her, bang stuff from our house, even break stuff. She once through our house's keys (which we gave to her) at my mother, and one time she made a ball of paper with the money we would pay her and threw it at my mother's face. She became violent. But we didn't have anyone else and she wasn't registered (i think it's called undeclared?), so we didn't want her to sue us if we told her anything that would make her upset. She wouldn't talk to my mother and didn't even listen to the things my mother would request of her even lying to her. We would pay her even more than the standard salary that housekeepers make.
But one day she left, stole our only bicycle and never returned our phone calls or messages. Some days later, we received on the post that she was considering herself fired (which we never did) and that she was suing for not being declared.
We have no savings, no car, nothing we can sell since the only valuable things we had, we sold when my dad became ill and my income was lower than it's now. But we have to deal with a lawyer now which is causing me sleepless nights and my own blood pressure going to the roof at times - i'm medicated. And we already know we will need to end up paying her. Maybe not the exact amount she's demanding because she even lied to her lawyer, but around that much i'm pretty sure.
My mother is having a very hard time dealing with this so I have to be strong for her. My brother has already had a rough time when our father died so I have to be strong for him too since he gets upset. So i am the one that has to keep our little family together even if inside I'm having a really bad time.
I hope you can help us out in this difficult time. Help me help my family. I'd be lost without them and we have no means to pay for this without someone helping us.
I might need to set up some of these fundraising posts because I didn't want to put the total amount yet (we estimate will be around $10k).