Life has been financially challenging for their thirty-one-year-old mother since their father passed away and now, she struggles to pay the children’s school fees and keep them educated.
But, like most eleven-year-old girls in Ireland, her daughter Nomatter already has aspirations for the future and knows exactly what she wants to do.
“I wish to be a nurse so that I help the sick,” she said and smiles and brightens up immediately when she speaks of the future. She wishes to be a nurse at the local St Joseph’s Hospital. She understands that nurses help the community by helping the sick and she wishes to do the same.
This isn’t an easy feat for a child in Nomatter’s circumstances but in spite of her hardships, Thandekile is determined not to let anything stand in the way of her children’s hopes for the future.
“Education is important to me as I know it can make life easier for my children. You can go wherever you want; you can get the job you wish and get a better income and not struggle. That’s why it’s so important to me that my children get a good education.”
“Following Donovan’s passing, my life has been very hard financially since he was the breadwinner. It also affected my ability to earn an income as at times I would be so stressed and too sick to even go out and work. I did not have the means to pay school fees for the children, to buy uniforms and all our other basic needs because I had no source of income.”