Mom, kids stuck in Croatia

A B.C. family is struggling to bring a Kelowna woman home after falling on hard times in Croatia.

Sue Gauvin has been living outside of Canada with her family for over 10 years, but recent events have put her in an impossible situation, family members say.  

A GoFundMe campaign launched by her family says Gauvin's husband "has lost his business due to events beyond his control; they are about to lose their home, and the stress of the situation has made it impossible for her and her children to stay there with her soon to be estranged husband." 

The former Kelowna resident is said to be on the brink of homelessness.

The family hopes to raise enough money to bring Gauvin and her two children back to Canada.

"Our sister, daughter and cousin, Sue Gauvin, is currently stranded in Croatia with no means of getting back home to Canada. She needs and wants to get back to Canada with her two children so they can reunite with family and get enrolled in school," the GoFundMe page says.

Gauvin was unable to get citizenship due to a requirement to speak Croatian and cannot get any help from the embassy or the government to get home, the family says.

"We are desperate to help her and her children get back home with family and re-establish herself and her family in Canada."

As of Saturday morning, the campaign had raised $3,125 raised of its $14,100 goal.

Money raised will pay for three one-way tickets back to Canada, rent, food and clothing for the first month, until she is able to get employment, the family says.

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