Oven for Tanya
Tanya, 46, immigrated to Israel 25 years ago. She is now a single mother to four children, ages 12-22. Tanya’s oldest son is currently serving in the IDF.
Tanya came to Israel on her own, with no support system. She receives no help from the father of her children; in fact, he denies paternity altogether.
Tanya and her children live in a small, government-subsidized apartment. Until recently, Tanya worked at the meat counter in a supermarket. When she began suffering back and leg pain, she requested a position that would allow her to sit, but her request was denied. As a result, she was forced to quit her job.
Tanya is not content to sit back, however. She continues to look for work and has started a few jobs; so far, however, she has been unable to hold down a stable position.
Recently, Tanya was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of being sexually abused when she first arrived in Israel. At the time, she filed complaints but was rebuffed. Social services has now entered the picture and is trying to help Tanya get the support she needs – both emotional and financial.
In the meantime, Tanya finds herself in dire financial straits. She is determined though to find work and try to move forward with her life.
One of Tanya’s most desperate needs right now is a new oven. At the moment, she is cooking for her family using only a toaster oven.
A working oven is the very least this family deserves.