Homeless woman struggles to find a safe haven for 4 girls | widow fights with four girls
Thiruvananthapuram: “I don’t know where to go with my four children and how to make a living. I just want to provide safe shelter and a good education for my children, ”Sheeba said in tears.
Sheeba’s life was turned upside down after her husband, who was a rickshaw driver, succumbed to COVID-19. After her death, Sheeba became powerless to make ends meet.
This homeless and unemployed mother has no idea how to take care of her four daughters. The four girls are studying in grades 10, 8, 6 and 3 at Vazhuthacaud Cotton Hill School.
“They received two cell phones to attend the online classes. But there is no money to buy books and a pen, ”Sheeba said.
Previously, Sheeba used to go looking for cleaning lady jobs. But at the moment, she is not looking for a job due to health issues.
Sheeba’s husband Dattu died of COVID-19 in December. He bought his autorickshaw after taking out a loan. Thus, the repayment of the loan is also interrupted. Dattu did not take out auto insurance for the rickshaw. Sheeba cannot therefore authorize any driver to take the rental vehicle.
“I cannot help my children with their studies. The lessons are very difficult and they need help. In the current situation, I can’t afford the tuition fees, ”Sheeba said.
Sheeba and her children currently live with her brother’s family in a rented house in Kattakada. His brother Dileep is a painter. Dileep also has two daughters who are students.
Meanwhile, the Cotton Hill LP School Authority has pledged monthly aid of Rs 5,000 to help the family.
The school authority is also considering building a house for the poor family if someone sponsors land.