Couch surfing. The term means different things to different people. For 5 year old Christina it meant looking for a different place to live every second day. Since she was 5, Christina was no stranger to being in and out of refuges, foster care, living on the streets, begging for a place to sleep, abusing drugs and more. But over the years some things had changed. Christina became Fathima, and she was now, 17 years old, Alhamdulillah.
With Islam, Fathima got rid of the drugs in her life. Coming from a family with a history of drug abuse, this was not easy. However she now had a new challenge – most foster homes / refuge centres were not were supporting of her living with them as a Muslim! She was also now beyond the age to receive assistance from FACS and was struggling to get on the Centrelink system.
When Fathima was referred to NZF, we worked with her to get a long term Muslim support worker and a Muslim family to stay with for in the interim. We paid for her lodging and other expenses and helped her get onto Centrelink. Fathima has now found accommodation for herself, is on Centrelink and is able to support herself with the Centrelink Allowance, Alhamdulillah.
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