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Faces of The Fellowship: Sophia

Eleven-year-old Sophia lives with her grandmother, Vika, in a tiny, Soviet-era apartment in Ukraine. Sophia’s parents have virtually abandoned her, and though Sophia loves her grandmother, who is very kind, the pain of her parents’ abandonment hangs over her like a shadow at all times.While Vika does her best to provide for Sophia, the family is in desperate financial straits. Only 55, Vika can no longer work. A couple of years ago she was in a car accident in which she suffered a head injury that forced her into early retirement. Even caring for Sophia is a struggle, but one which Vika undertakes with love.Together, Vika and Sophia receive $36 a month in state welfare payments, a sum which is too little to support one person, let alone two. And so their apartment remains in a state of severe disrepair. The tiles have fallen off the kitchen wall and all the paint is peeled and cracking. In the afternoons, Sophia’s friends all attend after-school activities, which she cannot even dream of going to. Sophia and Vika can barely afford food, let alone after-school activities.Indeed, the family only eats thanks to The Fellowship, which provides them with food cards that they use to buy the majority of their nourishment. We also subsidize Sophia’s attendance at the local Jewish children’s club, her one extra-curricular activity – and one that she eagerly looks forward to each week. This assistance helps young Sophia feel cared for and loved.

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