Augustine, 43 years
Mariya Goretti, 36 years, wife
Ann Liya, 12 years, daughter
Linoy, 7 years, son
Kidhiya, 4 years, daughter
These days Augustine and Mariya are living a difficult life with their three young children. Both parents are suffering from significant health problems that have robbed them of their livelihood and savings.
Mariya was born with skeletal deformities that have always made working difficult, but she has been a good mother and Augustine has worked hard as a fisherman to provide for the family. Last year, however, Augustine developed a heart condition and suffered from a prolapsed disc.
Augustine’s heart condition was treated with angioplasty, but combined with the disc issue he can no longer work in such a labor-intensive job. At nearly the same time, Mariya developed several cysts in her breasts and had been advised to seek a mammography and further treatment. The family can scarcely afford this as they are struggling just to put food on the table for their children: Ann Liya (12), Linoy (7) and Lidhiya (4).
The family’s circumstances are made worse by the fact that they live in a dilapidated hut that offers little shelter from the elements. They had started a new home with the help of a loan but it now sits unfinished. Ann Lisa and Linoy do go to school, although Linoy suffers from asthma which requires medication.
This is truly a family in need of aid at a dark time in their lives.