Lydia was born in 2011. She lives with her sister, three brothers and her mother Teresa. Lydia’s father died in a road accident in 2016 and her mother tries to sustain the family through casual, manual work on other people’s farms.
Ruth was born in 2011. Ruth has a sister Gertrude in class 5 and lives with her parents Mercyline and Dennis. Her parents find casual work whenever and wherever they can, and life is a constant struggle to make ends meet.
Ivonne was born in 2011. She lives with her father, who is mentally retarded, her mother and her two siblings. Ivonne’s mother works on other people’s farms to try to provide for her three children and husband but struggles to make ends meet.
Willickster was born in 2013. She lives with her mother, three siblings and grandmother who has stage four cancer. Willickster’s mother sells food at the market to feed her four children and care for her own mother, however this does not cover food and schooling.
Shirley was born in 2010. She lives with her mother and father. Shirley’s mother works in a small tea room and her father is sick so cannot do manual labour to help support the family. This means that they struggle to provide for Shirley and afford her schooling.
Ezra was born in 2011. Ezra’s father walked out when he was a toddler and has not been seen since. Ezra lives with his mother Billiah who works as a casual farm labourer when she can find work.