Costa Rica, a country with 4,9 Million people and 1,1 Million of them live in poverty. Money for these people is important but the chance of getting out of the poverty is impossible. I'm Carmen a single mother of one son and I live in Costa Rica, Aserrí. My son has Asperger's. What is Asperger's you might ask, well let me explain it, Asperger syndrome or Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It folded into one umbrella diagnosis of “autism spectrum disorder” in DSM-5.
Even though they can be remarkable focus and persistence, and have aptitude for recognizing patterns and also have attention to detail he faces enormous challenges such as: hypersensitivities (to lights, sounds, tastes, etc.), difficulty with the give and take of conversation, difficulty with nonverbal conversation and verbal conversation, uncoordinated movements, or clumsiness, anxiety and depression just to name a few.
For this reason he has a strong difficulty with social interactions which means he does not like to be around people and has meltdowns when he has to be around people he doesn't know. He needs special food and they are very expensive. For the first ten years of his life I was the only one that was tending for his needs (money wise), my mother looked after him while I was at work, sadly she passed away six years ago and for this reason I'm not able to get a steady job. The father of my son never really supported us and only began paying child support when my son turned eleven because I took it to court. At the moment he pays 350 dollars each month but we have to pay 200 dollars just for rent and there isn't much left to live. I've done translations and have sell quilts here and there but is not enough. I just want what every mother wants for her son...the best life possible and I want my son (who is part of the world LGBT+community) to have a life that lets him smile. I'm not talking about the wealthy life just a life that will help him built a better future, and just this month we had two health scares and since I don't have a social security health plan I am forced to pay for every doctor visit and every medication I need. In order to do this I was not able to pay my rent and now I need to pay this coming Thursday the sum of 300 dollars. Also for some issue unknown to me the father of my son will not be able to pay next month child support, so unfortunately I need to come up with the money for all of next month expense on my own while I've been very sick. Our dream is to leave our country to make our life better but the costs for passport and visas, and I'm talking about a tourist visa just for the United States, is over 300 dollars each person. Like I said at the moment I'm very sick but still try to get a part time job, I'm not just sitting on my ass doing nothing I have my Office Assistant degree but at the moment I'm not able to work. So if you find it in your hearts to help me out I'm thankful for every little donation that you can give us. 🙇