Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Parry Town mother of six celebrates Malta cash prize as school reopens

Kamala Walters, a mother of six is elated for the cash prize of $25,000 she recently won in the Malta Back 2 School promotion.

Kamala Walters, a mother of six is elated for the cash prize of $25,000 she recently won in the Malta Back 2 School promotion.

Thirty-six-year-old Kamala Walters is a real-life, modern-day superwoman. 

This assistant teacher, full-time college student and mother of six children knows what it means to juggle multiple tasks.

But with many mouths to feed, Walters was especially grateful when she won a $25,000 cash prize in the Malta Back 2 School Promotion, a much-needed boon at a time when expenses were high.

“I am so appreciative of what Malta is doing for a lot of young persons and children attending school this year. I will be going into my third year at the Moneague Teachers College, and I will be putting this $25,000 towards my school fee to prevent myself from dropping out so that I can complete my studies and better provide for my children,” said Walters.

For Walters, going back to school and raising six children has not been easy. The Parry Town resident confesses that the new online nature of school has created even more challenges for her and her children whose ages range from seven to 18 years. Although she has been working as an assistant teacher in the Infant Department at the Runaway Bay All-Age School, Walters found it taxing to meet all the expenses for school fees, books and technological devices for her children.

“The money I won from Malta helped me free up the cash I had to do other things. It was a lifeline. I prioritized the books for my child going into grade six because it’s a must for her and also for the seven-year-old twins. My kids who are in high school get rentals, so they are okay. I am also throwing a partner, which helps me with my own school expenses and provides for my children,” said Walters.

Being able to grant some financial relief for Kamala Walters and by extension, her family is important to the Malta brand that recognises the importance of caring for the caregiver.

 “Caregivers provide care in a wide variety of situations and their role especially when it involves caring for multi-generational children can be very difficult. We know caring for one child is daunting enough, and the prospect of having two (or more) can be a real jolt. Caregivers don’t always get all the support they need – more time, help, training, money, and emotional backing. This is what inspires us as a brand to do what we can to honour caregivers such as Kamala, who often go unnoticed. There is none more deserving than one with the caregiver ability who shows love, and gives so much to their loved ones,” said Melissa-Kim Dunkley, junior brand manager for Malta.

Determined not to quit school, the young student teacher has found innovative ways to maximize her resources, which includes the use of two smartphones that all seven family members share for online lessons. 

Using her experience in the classroom, Walters has set up a system to support and closely monitor her children’s classes online. She writes out class activities for some of them on a whiteboard, so they can review and complete their work without having to use a mobile device, thereby freeing it up for another child who may need to use it. 

Additionally, whenever she has the flexibility to do so, the student-teacher often reschedules her classes to avoid clashes with her children’s class schedules.

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