Cherie and her children used to live in Christchurch, but after the earthquakes in 2011 they were effectively left homeless, losing nearly all their personal possessions, furniture and appliances. Cherie drove her children to Auckland in an attempt to rebuild their lives in a safer city. She has only just secured a house through Housing New Zealand after years living with whanau and more recently at the Women’s Refuge.
Despite suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cherie remains a highly motivated parent who is passionate about her children’s education. She has just passed her first level test to enter the Police Force.
It has been a tough few years for the children who have had to miss out on some of the basics. As Cherie says they “just had to make do” with the little they had. They don’t have T.V. so the kids play outside and she reads to them every night.
Cherie’s two girls Darnika (5) and Kharma (8) were matched with Kiwi Kid sponsors in July this year. With the help of their generous sponsors, Cherie has been able to stock up on basic essentials for both girls including bedding, clothing and shoes, and pay for school expenses like stationery. She says the support of her girls’ sponsors has been a huge help: “I have told myself that even though we lost everything in the earthquake we’re still alive and that’s what matters, material possessions don’t matter. But Kiwi Kid Sponsorship has been a blessing.”