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Helping a Father and His Son

Andrew is a 2-year-old boy who comes to the Fellowship-supported Chamah child development center with his father, Sergei. Andrew suffers from cerebral palsy, and he cannot sit up unaided. It’s hard for him to hold up his head, and he keeps his hands balled into fists. But he is an adorable child, and it’s clear just how much his father loves him.Sergei’s wife left him six months ago and now Andrew has to grow up without a mother. But Sergei, who is 25 years old, loves his son dearly. He feeds him, bathes him, takes him to his medical appointments, and tries to give him the best care possible. “I never have a dull moment with him,” Sergei said. “I sit with him and talk, and spend almost all my time with him.”However, Sergei can’t provide his son with all the care he needs alone, and so he takes him to the Chamah center. Here, Andrew receives attention and care from psychologists, doctors, and teachers, who are helping him to cope with his illness. He already has made some progress – he now smiles and tries to communicate with the other children. Sergei is so grateful for The Fellowship’s support and is so thankful that with our help, Andrew has the chance to grow up into a happy, well-adjusted child.

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