Two, almost three years ago, I fell in love with a girl named Svetlana (Lana).
When I first met her, she was a hard working student who without fail got solid "A's" on her school work, while also working for Hungry Jacks pulling seemingly impossible hours to make up for the useless procrasting co-workers who dodged shifts, leaving it up to Lana to fill for them. Regardless of work and school's stressing pressures, she kept a smile.
But behind that smile, I found a girl who'd had a heart-breaking life.
Her mother had been properly insane for as long as she could remember, leaving Lana and her 4 siblings time and time again to be with other men, never being anywhere near close to compassionate for them. Lana and her siblings have had to fend for themselves since Lana was 6, and in the time between then and now with Lana now being 19, the children have grown apart, all in their own ways, broken by their childhood. While two of the chlidren (one now 23, the other 17) are emotionally and mentally damaged, Lana had been the shining one of the lot, being able to school herself and find ways to function in the world that the rest had already long ago given up on. She worked hard to get out of her mother's grasp, and when she finally did it, she found love in a guy who completely messed her up, mentally, emotionally and sexually. After a year with him Lana managed to remove him from her live, but at a cost. Her hopes, dreams and self security were all gone. It turns out, thats when I found her.
Its been two years and nine months since we first fell in love and in the time we've had together, I've come to know her as a humble yet strong, independant, powerful and intelligent girl who could do anything if she wanted to.
Recently, Lana and I have had hardships of our own, we were made homeless, but we came out of that, we had the terrible surprise of pregnancy, which we have had taken care of and since then.. Lana has become mentally ill.
Currently, Lana has been in mental health care for over 2 months, and shes showed good sign off recovery. However lately, finances have become a massive issue. housing has come up again which I am sorting out on my own for us, and Lana has paid $150 for dentistry which I moved to a later date, Glasses that were wrongly made have damaged her sight and cost her $250 which hasn't been re-imbursed and her phone's contract had to be paid outright, costing her $800 which she's had my help with getting an advancement of pay for...
> Now, here's the reason why I've told you her story, and why I'm appealing to you, the Internet..
The phone, two days after being paid off was stolen from her handbag, along with her headphones while she was called away in the mental health facility to a phone call from her mother, which, ended up ruining her mentally and emotionally, then to come back to her belongings crying only to find her phone stolen, she's become suicidal. Not just because of the phone being stolen, but because she has finally given up on fighting with life. Currently shes being watched closely, and talked to by her carers and myself.
No assistance is being offered to us by the health ward, even though they had'nt supplied her with a safe place to have her belongings locked in, and being in such a vounerable state anything can happen.. and the police can't do anything, we've had to IMEI lock the phone, essentially killing it.
Here's where YOU come in.
I want to show her that there IS hope in life, that people DO care, and that no matter how many horrible people are out there, GOOD people still exist.
I want to buy her a new phone, the one she had to pay the rediculous amount out for was quite out-dated too, which made having to pay so much for it quite disheartening for her, considering at that time, I'd just paid the exact same amount for a much newer phone myself.. I want to give it to her when she leaves the ward,which so far is scheduled for the 22nd of January as a welcoming re-assurance that people out there can be quite amazing and caring
People who fund my cause will have my personal thanks and gratitude sent to them in any form they desire.
PLEASE, be that person I'm also hoping deeply for.