This is a huge request for a very good friend of mine, Regine, who is a single parent of three teenagers. She is currently unemployed and has not been able to find employment despite trying all avenues. She is really battling financially and has no other source of help. I have decided to try and raise some desperately needed funds for her and the family to survive. She has tried in vain to seek assistance from various church organisations, the local political party and other relief NGO's with no success.
Of particular concern are the three children, Taliya who is the eldest (17 years old) recently completed and passed her GED exams last year. She is currently living with a friend whose mother has been kind enough to assist where she can. Although she is currently studying she is having difficulty in meeting the monthly obligations for the studies. We then have Tamia who is 16 years old and Bryson who is 14 years old. Both of them have not been able to attend school this year as there are no funds available for anything let alone school fees or uniforms. To top it all, Bryson missed an entire year of school last year (2019) due to exactly the same problem. This is no way to try and educate our youth and he should not have to be penalized because of not having any type of relief system. I would really like to halt this decline and get them all firmly on a path of education so that they are at least able to equip themselves for the future.
The family live in a 1 bedroom flatlet that has but the basic of items, they do not have a fridge so nothing can be kept for any period of time, particularly as they live in Durban and the summer temperatures normally hover in the 30 degree mark. There is only a double bed available for them to share, no chairs or table, no cupboards and so on.
I try to assist as much as possible but as I am also unemployed having been retrenched at the end of April 2019, it’s not easy. Fortunately I am currently staying with my sister and have managed to find some work in the local film industry as a film extra. This however is not consistent so I am at a disadvantage especially now with this coronavirus pandemic.
This request however is for the family as I really want to try and get them sorted out while the year is still young. Ideally I would like to get all of the children sorted out with their education needs and then be able to secure them a fridge at least and circumstances permitting find more sustainable accommodation.
This request is really urgent as they have been told to vacate the flat at the end of the month as they do not have funds to continue paying rent. They previously had someone assisting with that contribution but that has now ended.
I would really appreciate any assistance whatsoever and would be eternally grateful. I thank you in advance.
Pictures will be posted of all the family with them showing what has been achieved with any donations realised. In addition I am sure they would all be willing to write personal thank you notes !
Thank you once again,Mark