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The story of MaryAnne

Poverty for a mother of 6

History

MaryAnne was married but no longer living with her partner, who was at the time in the care of Mount Carmel Hospital. They lived separate lives to all intents and purposes. There were 6 children aged between 5 months and 15 years who all resided with MaryAnne in a Valletta flat while her partner lived at another address.

MaryAnne and the children were living on Social Assistance totalling 480 per month and a further 700 every 3 months in children's allowance. She received no assistance whatsoever from her estranged partner and it was believes that a document was drawn up to this effect between them.

The problems we identified
  • Poverty
  • Debts
  • Impending suspension of essential services i.e. electricity and water
  • Welfare of children
  • Budgeting
The actions that were taken
  • Restructuring of finances and instruction in budgeting skills.
  • Liasing with Caritas services in order to address 'usura' issues.
  • Liasing and corresponding with service providers (Enemalta) in order to delay suspension of services until budgeting was established.
  • Provision of foodstuffs and clothing (from YMCA and SAS donations) for the most pressing of material needs. Liased with Education Social Workers for information regarding obtaining help for school material needs.
  • Support sessions to address anxieties produced by these problems.