This week has been a difficult week for us at Mayan Families. We have had a lot of people needing urgent medical care and people in need of food. This happens every week but some weeks are harder than others and this is one of them.
This afternoon, at the end of this long week, Angelica Maria made her way up from the coast. She has borrowed the money to get to Mayan Families.
She is in a desperate situation and is hoping to get help.
Angelica is a single mother to 6 children.
Her eldest, Iris is 22 years old and is herself a single mother. She has a 5 month old baby girl. The father of the baby abandoned Iris when he found out she was pregnant. Iris has not been able to find work since the baby was born but is looking for work and hoping to have a job soon.
Maria Amaryllis is 15 years old. She is in 8th grade in school. She is sponsored
Maria Antonio is 13 years old. She is in 6th grade in 2016. She is sponsored.
Ericka is 10 years old. She is in 5th grade in 2016. She is sponsored.
Pedro Alexander. He is 8 years old. Pedro does not have a sponsor. He is in 1st grade.
Daniela is 3 years old. She is a special.needs child . She is unable to walk and she is unable to grasp with her hands. Her mother cannot remember what the diagnosis is for her . But the mother says that Daniela understands everything that is said to her but she is unable to speak. She also has trouble trying to chew her food. She also has to use diapers. She does not have a sponsor.
The only ones working in the family are Iris who gets casual work cleaning houses and Angelica who washes clothes by hand in private homes.
Angelica's father lives with them. He is 69 years old. He works doing casual labor. . He is very ill with diabetes and it is difficult for him to work. He cannot afford medical care and has only been able to go to the local health center which rarely has the medications to be able to help him. But he insists to keep on working to help the family to have something to eat.
Angelica has not been able to pay the house they rent for the past two months. They now owe $250 US for the past two months....they also owe for the electricity. The owner of the house is threatening to evict them very soon if they do not pay at least one month's rent and then catch up quickly with the other.
Today we sent Angelica to the doctor to be able to get help for her own diabetes. We were able to give her medicine for her diabetes.
But what the doctor said that she needs is help. He said that she is very depressed and stressed with her situation. He said that she does not know what to do because she is so stressed and has no relief in sight. He has given her some medicine to help her sleep at night.
Angelica had tried going to the court to get her husband to pay child support for the children last week. . When she came out of the court and walked down the corner, her husband was waiting for her. He threw her against the wall and started choking her. He warned her not to take any legal action against her or she would regret it. She has a scar on her leg where he kicked her with his boots on. She is scared of him and spent years being physically abused by him.
The family is in desperate need of help to pay the rent. They need a mínimum of $125 to be able to stay in their home this week . They need help with food. Angelica told us some days they have food and other days they do not eat. It is sad to see this woman who has obviously worked very hard and loves her family, looking so defeated. She is depressed, stressed and very worried about what will happen to her children if they cannot pay their rent.
If you are able to help this family, their family aid number is FA #187. and you could send a donation for them at https://www.mayanfamilies.org/donate/simple
If you are able to help this family it would be such a huge relief for this mother.