An Indonesian widow who has raised two children in Taiwan has won an award from the Tainan City Government as “the most resilient mum.”

The woman, who now uses the Taiwanese surname Lin, moved to Taiwan 19 years ago and married a local man, the China Times reported. At first she struggled with cultural differences and communication and often cried secretly at night or in solitude.

However, with her caring and supportive husband, she managed to overcome the ups and downs and started to blend in after picking up the local Taiwanese language. The couple had two daughters and lived a simple but happy life until the husband became terminally ill and passed away seven years ago.

Lin became the only caretaker and breadwinner while her daughters were only primary pupils and she had no work experience in Taiwan. Fortunately the Baihe District Office learned of Lin and her difficulties and offered the family some government relief aid during that critical period and Lin managed to secure a job after a referral.

The single parent was highly praised for her resilience and persistence in providing for her two children and giving them the best care she could.