Hi everyone. Firstly, apologies for posting this here. I wouldn't if I wasn't desperate. I haven't received a salary in nearly 4 months. The money I'd managed to save from kind donations, had to be used for necessities. And now, that's run out - completely. I have enough money to get my chronic medication and that's it. I'm at the end of my rope, and at the end of hope. Shelters are full and emergency accommodation is fit to bursting with homeless people.
A few months ago, my husband of 18 years asked for a divorce.
I ended up travelling 1000kms only to find that the room I had been offered was a room in a house where 7 adults live and they earn their living by robbing houses and stores and sadly, my son is one of them.
I had to put my pride in my pocket and ask my husband if I could come home until I could find alternative accommodation and he agreed but 2 days later, lockdown was enforced. I've lived in this emotional hell since the 27th of February and now, besides my savings being gone, I can't afford to rent anywhere and I can't afford to eat. Tomorrow morning 06/27 will be my last meal of 1 sandwich.
I hesitated to do this because I know I'm not the only one who is in need right now, but my own pain and desperation is the only thing I can feel.
I thought I'd be settled after the divorce with half of my husband's pension, which he got out 3 years ago when he was retrenched. That was all I would have taken. I wasn't going to go the whole 'split everything down the middle quagmire'. I just wanted things to be over. Unfortunately, he seems to have planned this because his money is now tied up in an annuity (I've confirmed with the company) and he can only access it when he goes on pension and he's 5 years younger than I am (I'm 56)
A friend who lives about 1500 kms away has promised to help me find a job once I'm out of here, so it's just getting out and getting set up that's going to take money. I live in the Western Cape and economically, we're the hardest hit.
If you can help, please do. I don't know what my husband is going to do as he's been unable to work for 3 months and he freelances, but that's his problem.
This is so embarrassing but I have no other choice. Kim Gresse knows my situation and can vouch for me. Unfortunately GoGetFunding can't become public until at least $100 is donated. The amount I'm asking for is $10,000. This may sound a lot to you, but I want to be able to pay at least 6 months' rent and utilities (incl internet, which is essential for work) as well as household goods
Please help me. I honestly cannot be on the streets. I'm a 6-time rape survivor - the first time being 6 men. Rape doesn't look at how attractive you are, how young you are, etc. The ages range from babies to 97-yr old grandmothers. I can't go on like this.
Finding a job won't be difficult because I've been offered transcription opportunities (legal and court work), once the normal courts re-open.All I'll need is internet. I've tried other routes, but at my age, there aren't many options. Working outside the home cannot be an option for me because I've been one South Africa's statistics too many times to venture out anymore.
I know there are many more deserving causes out there, but please find it in your hearts to help. Thank you in advance.
I know some of you really can't afford it and I completely understand. This is my last resort. Please help if you can. If you need any more details, please contact me. Thanks in advance for at least reading this.