I want to let you know about my domestic, Sylvia, who has had a really awful year. |
Firstly, her brother in the Eastern Cape passed away in about April. Then during August this year her oldest son was stabbed while walking to get electricity one evening.
Fortunately he only needed a few stitches and was discharged in the early hours of the morning.
On 3rd september Sylvia came to work as usual and went to clean the playschool I run from home. When I went in to say morning to her, she burst into tears and told me that her middle son, Gift, had been stabbed to death while walking home from school on the Friday afternoon.
From what I understand, his friend who he was walking home with had been ‘messing’ with someone else’s girlfriend, and a group of boys came to challenge him about it. This friend ran away from the group, but unfortunately Gift, who had done nothing wrong was the one they took their anger out on.
When Sylvia came to work on the Monday, I told her to go home, but she wouldn’t leave until she had cleaned the house.
While at work she called the funeral policy firm, but as it turns out, she had stopped paying her policy as it was costing over R300 a month which was more than she could afford. The funeral was going to cost in excess of R5000 which I was not in a position to give her, so she had to take out a loan with someone.
She has been incredibly strong through all of this, and only took a week of work, as she needed to come back to work to keep her family fed. She is the sole provider for her 2 remaining teenage sons (19 and 17).
Unfortunately with what little money she has left at the end of a month, she has occasionally come to work starving, as she has not had enough money to buy food for her family. I have now started paying her weekly, so that at least she has some money to feed her family from week to week.
On top of all of this, Sylvia also suffers from chronic Asthma and she needs to go to the clinic once a month for medication – during the last few weeks of very windy weather, she has been hospitilsed twice with breathing problems.
Through all this, Sylvia has remained incredible strong and has worked hard at looking after my family of 3 young kids, home and the kids in the playschool, never complaining about anything.
I know Sylvia is hoping to buy a fridge at the end of the year, as well as wanting to take the family to the Eastern Cape for the consecration of her brother’s headstone…but due to what she owes for funeral costs, and the fact that I am not in a position to lend her the money as I have 3 kids of my own to support, she will not be able to have either of these.
If you are able to help in anyway, she would be incredibly grateful.
Thanks so much for taking time to read this.
|Email from Sylvia's employer
Dear Leigh and all at Prime Cleaning Suppliers
Words cannot express how grateful I am for all that you have done for Sylvia in granting her Xmas wish. You have been So generous in all that you have given her: inviting her to the Christmas party where you treated her like a queen; the Tickets to the Eastern Cape; the fabulous fridge, and the very, very amazing R8000 in gift vouchers.
When Sylvia phoned me to tell me the amount of the gift vouchers, I thought she said to me R800 which I thought was fantastic, but when I got home and saw the R8000…WOW! That is so life changing. Sylvia said that when she got home and showed her family, they thought she had miscounted. Apparently they spent the evening counting the vouchers over and over as they couldn’t believe it!
Losing a son is a tragedy that one never gets over, and the first Christmas without a loved one must be so difficult, but you have put a smile back into Sylvia and her families lives, for which I will be eternally grateful.
I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a restful holiday.