Hello, I'm Sam. I am a young adult diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD, comorbid anxiety) registered as a Person With Disability (PWD) in the Philippines. I was recently fired from my job due to my disability without any compensation whatsoever. I am humbly asking for your time to listen to my story. I hope that, as you read, you would also consider helping me in preventing my eviction and electricity disconnection on the 31st of October.
Any amount is highly appreciated and would go a long way. Just a $5 donation would pay my August electricity. A $14 donation would pay my September electricity. A $25 donation would cover my June electricity. A $140 donation would keep a roof over my head for a month. A share would help me reach more people.
Here is my story.
Once again, my name is Sam. I am a university student in the Philippines. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder back in 2017. Even after getting diagnosed, I had tried continuing my studies despite not fully recovering from episodes and against the advice of the university psychiatrist. I had taken classes only to fail them and prolong the financial burden on my Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) mother, who is solely supporting both me and brother through university. I would cry for seemingly no reason immediately after waking up, lock myself in my room, skip meals, sleep for the day without having eaten anything or taken care of my hygiene. I had lost so much weight that my professors, friends, and family all noticed how thin I was at 39 kilograms (85 pounds). I had broken down in several classes. After having a panic attack in one class, my professor herself drove me to my psychiatrist. I had let this all happen between 2017 to 2018, but it was only in 2019 when I was finally able to admit myself that this was a serious problem. I decided to take some time off and properly deal with my disability to prevent it from affecting my studies in the future.
Ever since deciding to take some time off university, I have been working online as an English tutor to support myself. My mother had tried supporting me through this but, having a disability (right body motor disability due to a stroke) and a lot of debts herself, could not help me afford proper treatment. I decided to spare her any more trouble and start supporting myself.
Although separating myself from my dysfunctional and sometimes abusive family has helped me immensely, I cannot deny that my disability still hinders me from productive work and supporting myself. That is in part due to not having access to appropriate psychotherapy. And although I am grateful to have a source of income (English tutoring) despite my setbacks, the hourly wage contingent on whether a client has booked me is not enough to cover my living expenses. There have been times when I can't afford to buy food and my prescriptions. I've cried myself to sleep a few times so I wouldn't feel hungry. When I miss my prescriptions, I would experience withdrawal symptoms (nausea, headache, restlessness, lethargy) which make it extremely hard for me to focus on work.
From August 15 to September 9 this year, I had worked a customer service job in hopes of getting more stable pay on top of my English-tutoring. However, they fired me due to the complications of my disability. From the time of my hiring up to this day, they still have not paid me for the work I had put in, which would have covered my rent and electricity. I have called our country's labor department, however, they asked me to call them back on a weekday and are expecting me to go through numerous bureaucratic and legal processes for which I barely have the energy and hope.
One day, I got a call from my landlord. He had been very patient with my late payments in the previous months. He usually didn't call me on rent deadlines, but since I had promised him confidently that I could pay him finally on the 10th of September, he called me. I was embarrassed when I had to tell I could not pay, all because my employer neglected their duty of paying me on time. His irritation was palpable, even on the phone call. I am one of three people left in our apartment building, and I'm afraid that I will not be living here next month if I cannot pay my dues as soon as possible. I also fear that I will not be able to do my online job once my electricity is cut. I am facing possible eviction and electricity disconnection on the 31st of October.
My depression is still very much here. I entered a depression episode shortly after my discriminatory firing. I could not take care of myself for three weeks. But thankfully, I am better able to pull myself out episodes. I am about to give a demo lesson on Thursday, October 8 as part of the application process for a new online teaching job that pays better. In the meantime, I am humbly asking for your help in preventing my eviction and electricity disconnection on the 31st of October. The dues that I need to settle are listed below:
Rent (August): 3500 PhP = 70 USD
Rent (September): 7000 PhP = 140 USD
Electricity (March to May): 4949 PhP = 100 USD
Electricity (June): 1229 PhP = 25 USD
Electricity (July): 1371 PhP = 28 USD
Electricity (August): 208 PhP = 5 USD
Electricity (September): 676 PhP = 14 USD
Total: 18933 PhP = 380 USD
Any amount will go a long way. If you cannot afford to donate, I would also highly appreciate it if you instead share this fundraiser with your family, friends, and circles. The more people we reach, the faster we can meet our goal. Thank you so much for your time! Please stay safe and healthy.
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