Helena is 69 years old, has a €315 retirement , and needs the help of all of us to finish building the 40m2 house where she can live her old age with dignity and in safety.
Helena is 69 years old, from São Tomé and Príncipe and has lived in Portugal for 30 years. She raised her four children alone and took care of her sick mother. Helena is a person with a captivating personality, very good, hardworking, fighting and generous towards her family and others.
Helena undertook a great adventure in the perspective of preparing a more protected old age and dreamed of building a small house in the backyard of one of the daughters' houses. He had the savings of a life of hard work and believed that the dream would be possible.
The idea was to be able to free herself from the 250€ income of the house where she lives and that suffocates her and be close to her daughter and grandchildren, but independently.
In 2018, she started to build her small house (41.93m2 gross construction area), strictly speaking ... a dollhouse .
However, in 2019 the work had, unfortunately, to stop due to lack of money. And in 2020, the pandemic came to complicate the possibility of working a few more hours and the tiredness of a life of effort and several health problems began to weigh.
Who are we and why do we want to help Helena?
We are three friends of Helena - Margarida Appleton, Margarida Santerre and Leonor Perloiro. Helena worked in our homes and helped us raise our children (10, in all). The experience of many years with Helena has allowed us to get to know this matriarch, her characteristics as a worker and resilience, and for this reason, this Christmas we are committed to helping Helena finish building her house in her daughter's backyard, where she can live old age rested and with dignity.
Margarida A. is an architect and Leonor is an interior designer and together they will coordinate the work on site and purchase the necessary materials. Margarida S. is a lawyer and will provide the necessary legal support.
However, this is only possible with the help of everyone who can join us by making a donation to put Helena's deserved dream on her feet: a dignified house with her own where she can live a rested old age. We count on you!