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Faces of The Fellowship: Aelita

A little over a year ago, four-year-old Aelita’s world fell apart. Her father, a videographer, was killed in a car crash on his way home from a shoot in Moscow. His death was devastating, both emotionally and financially. His pictures still hang in every room of the apartment, and for months they left a room full of his video equipment untouched. Recently, however, Aelita’s mother was forced to begin selling off some of the equipment as they literally have no money for food.“Aelita is fed at her kindergarten, and me . . . I eat when I am lucky,” says Aelita’s mother, Svetlana. The family is stuck paying rent on an apartment they can no longer afford, but they can’t move until the lease runs out. In the meantime, they struggle.Svetlana teaches videography at a local art school, but her salary barely covers both rent and Aelita’s kindergarten tuition. After paying these expenses each month, only $90 is left for food and medicine. Svetlana knows she could make more money working as a wedding videographer, but she has no one to watch Aelita at night.Aelita, only four, has already experienced hunger. On days when she doesn’t go to school, she sometimes has nothing to eat. The help the family receives from The Fellowship really is the difference between life and death. Thanks to The Fellowship’s food card, Svetlana knows that no matter how hard things get, Aelita won’t starve.The Fellowship also helps Svetlana purchase clothing and shoes for Aelita, who has outgrown her old clothes. This past winter, The Fellowship helped cover the family’s heating costs, an additional expense that otherwise would have pushed them into total bankruptcy. As they grieve their tremendous loss, they are so grateful for the lifesaving support.

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