...in more ways than one.
I arrived home on Saturday evening. On Sunday Mr A started a labouring job. He was helping to build a wall around a mosque in a nearby village. The man employing him said that he had lots of work lined up in the area and would pay Mr A 60 lira a day. This is around £17 for approx. 10 hours work...do the maths...it's not much but to us it is a lifeline.
He turned up again on Monday and did another full days work. On Tuesday he turned up but there was no sign of the man, and his phone was switched off. No way of contacting him. He spent yesterday trying to find out where the man lived, which he eventually did, but no sign of him there.
He then managed to find the person responsible for giving the work to the man, who it seems hasn't yet paid for any of the work carried out. Mr A has asked this person to pay him (Mr A) direct for his two days work, which he says he will do at the end of this week. I won't hold my breath. Again, the same old story...working and not being paid. In the meantime Mr A is trying to find similar work which he will do on his own. If he does manage this, then I have said he should ask for money up front before starting work. He is too trusting...I am most definitely not!
Most of you will know that Mr A has always worked in tourism. This means 5 to 6 months work each year, mostly on commission, but once the season ends we have to survive the winter on my pension.
We love our 6 dogs. We are committed to giving them the best life possible after rescuing 4 of them from their harsh lives on the streets, and giving a loving home to our two recent additions through other rescue groups. We live a very basic life. We don't socialise or go out, and we are very economical as far as food is concerned. The dogs have always been our priority, and if there is a choice between our food and their food...they win every time.
We also do as much as we can for all those strays left on the streets, both in our village and any others we come across when we are out and about.
Thanks to donations over the past couple of months we have been able to do this, but sadly, apart from a commitment from my first ever donor, who has set up a regular payment of £25 per month (Bless you....you know who you are and I won't embarrass you by mentioning your name) the donations have dried up. As we suspected, more dogs have turned up in the village this winter. Many have been dumped here. Those of you living in Turkey will know this to be common practise. If only people would just address the problem rather than passing it on to others to deal with.
I don't want to turn my back on any of the dogs that need our help, and will continue to feed as many as I can for as long as I can, but I need help.
This is unashamedly a begging letter. If you can give just a little, it will be so much appreciated. (Just click on the Paypal button at the top of this page)
Thankyou for reading.