NICOSIA - An impoverished Greek Cypriot mother of a three-year-old girl who had desperately appealed for help to feed her starving child yesterday thanked the public for helping.
The outpouring of support followed an article about her plight in Phileleftheros newspaper.
“So many people responded and I am now covered. They gave me food. My electricity and water that was to be cut off today is now paid while the welfare office offered a home for me and my child so that I can move from this flat where I cannot afford to pay the €450 monthly rent,” she told The Cyprus Daily yesterday.
“I feel much better and I am truly grateful to the ordinary people who helped me and the needs of my child. I never expected such response. I had been to the Presidential Palace and the church but they closed their doors telling me they had no money.
“A man from the Red Cross has offered to register my child to a school free of charge. I am really grateful for all this,” she added.
However, the woman was told yesterday that her bank account where public contributions were made is blocked -- because of her debts and she cannot withdraw a single cent.
The 29-year-old woman lived with her husband for three years before he abandoned her “for reasons of financial difficulties” when their child was eight months old.
He was bankrupt when she met him, as he faced huge debts from a previous marriage.
She had taken out loans to help him which he left unpaid.
She has often thought of emigrating abroad but she is on the stop list after receiving a suspended jail sentence for debts created by her former husband.
She relies on single parent welfare benefit of €180 a month for raising her only child and is desperately looking for a job as she has been unemployed for the past three years.
“I am looking for a job, I can work as a sales assistance or a secretary or anything decent that I can find,” she told The Cyprus Daily.