Oven for Farah and Joseph
Farah and Joseph, both 36, are struggling. They are raising two young children (ages 7 and 9) and can barely make ends meet.
Joseph was a municipal worker until, two years ago, he was in a bad car accident. He underwent a nine-hour surgery on his leg which was only partially successful. He can no longer work. Joseph receives partial disability from the government but, according to his social worker, his injuries should entitle him to full coverage.
To make matters worse, Joseph, who by nature is social, upbeat and very positive, is an emotional mess. After years of helping others, he suddenly feels helpless. He sits at home all day, smoking endlessly. He is depressed and has even made three attempts at suicide. He is now undergoing psychological treatment, but he has a long road ahead.
Farah works as an aide to the elderly and, at the same time, cares for her aging parents. The couple receive no outside help from their respective families.
Farah and Joseph’s apartment is in bad shape – filled with mold and dampness. They are missing the most basic furnishings and most electrical appliances. The couple’s most pressing need right now is an oven/cooktop. With two little children to feed, this is obviously a necessity – one which they cannot currently afford.