Red Cross support for single mum helps family access rights

Red Cross support for single mum helps family access rights

Since 48-year-old Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, she has struggled to provide for herself and her teenage daughter. Over the years, she has undergone surgery and chemotherapy that forced her into early retirement. 

 

Single mum Helena receives 296 Euros (315 Swiss francs) a month in pension and child benefit, leaving her with little to cover costs beyond housing.

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“I pay 231 euro (246 Swiss francs) a month for rent,” she said. “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay for the rest of the bills and all the medication I need”

 

The Lisbon branch of the Portuguese Red Cross offered Helena legal  support through the process to prove the paternity of her child. As a result, her 15-year-old-daughter established contact with her father and started receiving a monthly child allowance of 100 euro (106 Swiss francs). The Red Cross also provided Helena with toiletries, a fridge and a pair of prescription glasses she could not otherwise afford.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

Portugal: A program set up by the Portuguese Red Cross has helped a single mother diagnosed with cancer. Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago which has caused her to retire early. Mateus said “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay the rest of the  bills and all the medication I need.” Mateus not only has to provide for herself but her teenage daughter.

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Your contributions help us carry out our humanitarian mission in Syria

Your contributions help us carry out our humanitarian mission in Syria

The Restoring family links works with families to ensure that separated family members are able to reconnect with their loved ones. We have been successful in connecting families since the end of WW2. Currently, we are working with Syrian families that have fled the conflict, and are looking to connect to loved ones abroad or in Syria. 

One of our success stories is when Mohammed was separated from his family for 11 days after fleeing the conflict to get to Bulgaria. 

We also work to provide individuals with psychological support, to help children affected by war. For example, our Turkish Red Cross is currently working with Maria Huseyin’s son Ayham, who is unable to speak. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

Yemen: The situation in Yemen is worsening as the fighting due to the conflict progresses. There is worry over the safety of civilians as many remained trapped in the cross-fire. Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East, said “Civilians are at risk of paying an even heavier price as the fighting continues. We call on all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

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