Ella, a revert, is a divorced mother of two young children and is currently a full-time caregiver. She worked for 19 years before a workplace injury forced her to stop working. Despite her desire to work, Ella's priority is to care for her children. She receives Centrelink payments, Job Seeker, and Family Tax Benefits A and B.
Her ex-husband has remarried and has a child with his new wife, leading him to stop paying child support, resulting in financial hardships for Ella, who is owed $6,500 in child support payments. Ella currently resides in government housing and has caught up with her rental payments. Her children are seeing a counsellor, which she believes is due to their lack of a father figure. She shared that her immediate family member is helping her pay for groceries, and she is struggling to balance between paying for groceries or rent.
Ella approached the National Zakat Foundation for financial assistance, as she did not want to choose between paying bills or feeding her family. After reviewing her situation, our case officers found her eligible for Zakat.
Ella's story highlights the challenges faced by many individuals in Australia, where government benefits may not cover daily expenses. The National Zakat Foundation provides essential support to those experiencing hardship, especially during difficult times.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance and unsure about Zakat eligibility, please reach out to the NZF.