Anton, 41, and his family have lived through the financial crisis in Ukraine after their homeland became a warzone. Starting in 2014, pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian armed forces went to war. People living in the Lugansk region fled the immediate area of fighting, leaving their properties, businesses, and homes behind.
Anton’s family wasn’t near the violence, but they did go into debt. “There were certain periods when our family borrowed money to buy food,” he says. “Our family has suffered greatly because of the financial crisis.”
Anton is the proud father of two children. When he struggled to feed them, life seemed impossible. His son, Volodymyr, is a 19-year-old competitive boxer, winning many boxing competitions. And Anton’s daughter Milana is seven, and enjoys painting and dancing. He wanted to provide them a better future, so the family considered fleeing Ukraine.
They turned to their Jewish roots for inspiration. Many of Anton’s relatives were murdered in Babi Yar during World War II, so he grew up hearing stories of how important the Jewish faith is to his family. Moving to the Jewish state seemed natural. And they turned to The Fellowship and our aliyah (immigration to Israel) program.
“The Fellowship has been strongly recommended both by relatives and friends, so I actually decided to listen to their advice, and make aliyah with the aid of experienced professionals,” says Anton.
The family can’t wait to begin their new lives in the Holy Land. Thanks to our Christian and Jewish friends around the world, we continue to bring Jews around the world home every month on Fellowship Freedom Flights.