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Faces of The Fellowship: Oksana

Oksana, 17, lives with her parents and older brother in an old house at the edge of a village in Ukraine. The roads are unpaved, the house has no bathroom, and the only source of heat is a wood-burning stove in a “summer kitchen” right outside the house.Oksana’s father suffered a debilitating stroke last year, which forced him to retire at the age of 52. Thus, the family’s only income is from Oksana’s mom, Raisa, who receives a pension of $52 a month.Most of this pension goes to purchasing medicine for her husband and covering the cost of Oksana’s transportation to the junior college she attends. It takes Oksana three hours to get to school in the morning, beginning with a mile-long walk to the bus stop, followed by a bus and then train ride, and ending with a mile-long walk to the college. She leaves at sunrise and doesn’t return home until seven at night, hungry and exhausted.The family eats produce from an abandoned field near their home, which is helpful as they can’t afford food from the supermarket. “We only eat the food we get from The Fellowship and the vegetables we pick in the field,” Raisa explains, “I don’t go grocery shopping at all. We can’t even afford bread; it’s too expensive.”Oksana’s clothes are all from a second-hand shop, including her shoes and winter coat. She hasn’t bought anything new in years.The Fellowship helps Oksana by providing her with a food card to supplement her diet of home-grown vegetables. “Thank you so much for your help,” Oksana says. “Without your support, life would be impossible.”


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