How can I support my family


“I am the first-born at home. My parents passed away eight years ago and they left us with nothing because they were not working. We depend on our grandmother’s pension. My grandmother is very sick and, definitely, she will leave us with nothing. My two brothers are young and I am so scared to leave them to somebody else. I just want to go to a big city to get a job for their sake. However, I am very worried about leaving them behind and it is not easy to take them with me.” –

Worried, Free State     Move! Expert advice

I am very sorry to hear about your problem. Leaving home to find work in a big city won’t solve the problem. As you might be aware, the unemployment rate is very high in this country. Because your grandmother is a sickly old lady, it wouldn’t be a good idea to leave your siblings with her, since this might aggravate her condition.

I suggest that you consult a social worker in your community who will help you organise government grants for your siblings. In addition, social workers will be in a position to organise a monthly grocery hamper from the government for your family.

In the meantime, try to get part-time employment in the city near your community or find something that you can sell to your community. Whatever you choose to sell, make sure it is something your community needs, preferably on daily basis. I wish you all the best.

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