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Faces of The Fellowship: Dima and Larisa

The crisis in Ukraine has brought turmoil into the lives of 12-year-old Dima and his mother, Larisa, who live near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Due to the fighting and chaos, they suddenly have no financial stability: Dima's father lost his job and he can no longer pay child support, and Larisa’s workplace abruptly closed. But because Larisa was not officially dismissed, she is unable to register for unemployment benefits. The family now survives solely on the support they receive from The Fellowship.  Dima and Larisa are afraid to venture outside their home because of the constant whistle of bullets outside their windows and the sight of armed people walking in the streets. Dima has even stopped going to school. Larisa has become depressed, as she constantly worries about how they will survive the current crisis. She is so unsure about what the future will bring.  For Larisa and Dima, the supplementary emergency assistance The Fellowship provided was truly a lifesaving gift. With her Fellowship food card, Larisa braved a shopping trip and stocked up on flour, grains, and canned goods. The family will also soon be receiving an emergency food package.  "I want to express my gratitude to the people who have ensured that we receive additional support during these difficult times,” Larisa said. “We don't know what will happen tomorrow, and during this unstable period it is comforting to feel the care of people who are so far away, but close to us in spirit."


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