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Faces of The Fellowship: Lena

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How do you carry on a normal life after experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust? Lena was just a child when the Nazis stormed her village in Ukraine, but she remembers it vividly. "During the war we hid from the Germans in cellars,” she recalls. “I remember how the Jews were taken and shot.”

Today she is 86 and struggling to survive yet again. “Having survived the horrors of war, it was very difficult to build a normal life. I never married, and today I'm completely alone.”

Lena worked on a collective farm her entire life, but now receives only a small monthly pension of roughly $56. That is all she has each month to pay for food and heating, and to give to a neighbor who helps take care of her. “It is so hard to live like this,” Lena says.

But now she has The Fellowship to depend on. One of our representatives in the region now visits Lena regularly to deliver needed food and firewood – and to offer warm companionship. “Thank you for helping me, kind people. You are so nice to remember me!”

Learn how you can help impoverished elderly in need, like Lena, receive the lifesaving care they desperately need.

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