Hi my name is Monica, I live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with my 2 children, Liam is 9 years old and Kayleigh is 8 years old, she has autism which comes with its own set of challenges. I am homeschooling both of them at the moment.
I lost my boyfriend to Covid19 on 16 June 2020.
I have been trying to make ends meet and getting no sleep at all from stress and worry. I have come to the point now where I want to and need to ask for help as I can't do this alone anymore, for the sake of my 2 children. I feel we deserve to be happy after everything that has happened to us and that we really need a boost to start a new life and really make a good and happy life for ourselves.
I am in the travel industry which is one of the hardest hit industries right now, I am trying all the time to make money but its not easy.
My life has been a struggle since 2015 when I got divorced. I have been trying so hard since then to build myself up and rebuild a life for me and my kids but then something else just happens and the worst of all now, Covid19.
I met a wonderful man in 2018 and we got engaged. My children adored him and he brought so much love and happiness into our lives. We were happy and just starting to build our lives up as a family. Liam and Kayleigh called him their Grizzly Bear :-) He loved us very much and would do anything for us and he protected us just like a grizzly would with its cubs.
Around the same time we got engaged, we had to move out of my house, impact from my divorce, and we started renting. He was in and out of jobs but couldn't find the right one and then he did with a Security & Hygiene company and they gave him a company car. We still needed rent money so I sold my car and we used his company car for a year. He loved his job and was sanitising clinics, schools and businesses with his work when he contracted the virus, he went into ICU for a week but didn't make it. This came to a huge shock to me because we had been following the virus together for months, checking all the figures in the countries, watching the news every day, sanitising, masks, being so careful and next thing it's in our home :-(
He passed away, his company took back the company car and the kids and I have no transport.
I heard 2 days ago from my lawyer about the rent and where we live and even if/when I pay the rent in full, we still have to leave our townhouse by 31 August 2020 and find another place to stay because our landlord is also struggling financially and needs to move in to his place.
This was the final push that I needed to ask for help now because no car and now no home and it's all becoming too much for me to handle on my own. I hate asking for help but I need to put my pride in my pocket and do what I need to do for my children.
His last salary was used to pay for his funeral so I couldn't even put that towards our rent, and because of the pandemic and his passing I have so much debt and overdue on rent as well as having no transport to get to the shops and I can't do anything for myself and that is all that I want. I want to try and live a good and happy life just me and my kids.
I'm really just hoping to try and accumulate enough to settle my outstanding rent and cover my deposit and rent for a new place and then there's the moving costs and everything that goes with that. I would also like to try and maybe/hopefully get myself a little second hand car and then let our new lives begin...
I know Covid19 has affected and crippled many lives, but please, if you have anything spare and feel that my story has touched you in any way, and you are in a position where you can donate. Every little bit really helps... I will really really appreciate it.
I really just need to and want to get us out of this rut we are in. I am now fighting for a good, happy and normal life with my children. That is all I want.
I just want to be happy again and I want my children to be happy. We have been through and still going through so much.
Thank you xx