This week, we’d like to help a teenage mum from London called Esmai.
Esmai became pregnant at 16. Her mother was unable to provide much practical support, so Esmai went to live with her grandma. But their relationship has broken down and Esmai has been asked to leave. So Esmai and her baby are about to become homeless. The baby’s father has been physically and emotionally abusive to Esmai, so she has nowhere to go and no one to help her. She is waiting for Social Care to help find accommodation for her and her baby.
Since having her baby, Esmai has struggled with balancing being a mum while also feeling like a normal teenager. It has been a huge adjustment, and Esmai has been feeling incredibly low at times. But Esmai's heath worker, who nominated her, said she has been working really hard to learn to care for her baby and prioritise his needs.
It's been a rocky start, but Esmai is coming out the other side. She wants to create the best life she can for herself and her baby and, as a first step, she has just enrolled in college to do a beauty course - but she has hit her first stumbling block. As part of the course she is required to supply her own equipment, which will cost £249 - way beyond what Esmai can afford. Esmai is also in need of a pushchair for her baby, which she also can't afford.
With your help, we would love to buy both of these things for her. As well as giving her some practical support, we also want Esmai to know that there are lots of people out there who care about her. She has been through so much for someone so young, and a little bit of kindness will make a big difference to her.