Mona's Grandchildren

I have known Mona Cruz for fifteen years, since we both lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She returned home to the Philippines to care for the five young children of her son, who has died. The children's mother has abandoned them.  Mona has no income, but relies on the goodwill of her neighbors and extended family to provide food and cash enough to pay for water and electricity.  She lives in a simple house built gradually with funds she sent back while she worked in Malaysia. Mona's husband died there, before I met her.  I know Mona to be an honest, hard-working woman of faith.  We have stayed in close touch during these years.

Now with the COVID 19 lockdown, her informal safety net is gone because residents in her area may not leave their home to go work.  Mona is desperate to provide basic necessities to the five children, ages 1 to 10. 

I estimate she needs $250USD per month or $3,000 for a year.  This would cover food, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies, water and electricity (lights and a fan - it's hot there).  I have sent her funds since March, but cannot afford to continue sending what she needs now, when her neighbors can no longer share with her. 

My friendship with Mona gives me a glimpse into the lives of those who live on the brink, through no fault of their own.  She doesn't know where the next meal will come from, but insists the children go to school, and hopes they will build a better life.  As her only connection to the affluent world, I want to help her and the children survive this disastrous time.

I would like to send USD250 per month, and ask your help, either for a onetime gift which I can spread out, or for a monthly contribution.  Mona and I will be grateful!  

With thanks and blessings,
Rebecca

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 7 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $2,000 
    • 19 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 28 d
  • Diane Glase 
    • $100 
    • 28 d
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    • $100 
    • 28 d
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Organizer

Rebecca Fowler 
Organizer
Scappoose, OR
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