Fridge for Shiri
Shiri, 27, grew up in a troubled family. Her parents had neither parenting nor couples’ skills and earned little. Shiri was subject to sexual assaults. Social services moved her to a boarding school when she was 12, and she stayed there until getting married at 16. The marriage lasted only one year, but left her with a daughter, now 11.
Shiri also has two infants, barely one year apart. Her former husband pays some child support, but only erratically, so she cannot rely on it. Beyond that, Shiri relies on a government stipend, which does not cover the family’s basic needs. She often lacks food and diapers, and has trouble paying her monthly costs of her public housing unit.
Shiri is getting help for depression and anxiety, and would like to work to improve her family’s position. She has put a lot of effort into finding a job, but has not yet succeeded. Complicating her life at home, the second-hand fridge that came with the apartment has stopped working, but Shiri cannot afford to buy a new one.