Daria and Ievgen came to Israel from the war-ravaged Ukrainian city of Donetsk on a Fellowship Freedom Flight after becoming fed up with the economic situation in their hometown. They both graduated last year with degrees in international economics, but finding jobs in the Donetsk region was impossible.
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Sixteen-year-old David from Ukraine already knows some Hebrew and dreams of serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) once he makes aliyah (immigrates to Israel) on a Fellowship Freedom Flight. David’s Jewish upbringing makes him proud to finally move home to Israel.
Artem, his siblings, and their single mother had a hard enough time getting by before a fire destroyed all the possessions in their home in Ukraine. Irina, Artem’s mom, has no money and no professional training that would help her earn a living for her and her three children.
Dennis was never hugged as a child. His mother abandoned him at birth, and he spent his first three and a half years neglected and unloved in a Russian orphanage. Dennis became an introverted little boy with occasional outbursts of rage. Learn how The Fellowship helped.
Vera, 13, lives in an apartment on the outskirts of Kiev with her parents, Anastasia and Sergey. Vera stays very busy singing in a choir, excelling in school, designing costumes, and medaling at swim meets. Her schedule and accolades would be impressive on their own, but when you learn that Vera was born with cerebral palsy and couldn’t even walk until she was 3, you realize how truly impressive this young woman is.