Anastasia, 31, planned to spend her whole life in Donetsk, Ukraine, a place she knew was home. “It was what we knew and things were going very well,” she says. “Then the war came.” The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian armed forces caused unrest and violence in her neighborhood. She could hear shelling in the distance as she took her 10-month-old son, Mykyta, and 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, to school and nursery. She and her husband, Leonid, 37, worried about the future of their country. Learn how The Fellowship helped . . .
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Bentzi owes his life to The Fellowship. When he was a child, a Fellowship-supported orphanage rescued him off the streets. Today, he serves in the Givati unit of the IDF!
Tatiana, 92, is a retired math teacher who speaks eight languages. After she retired, she was able to eke out a modest living on her teacher’s pension and by tutoring children in her village in Ukraine in exchange for food. The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein visited Tatiana during her recent trip to Ukraine, and found her to be frail and in poor health.
Zelig has reached the impressive age of 101 years and is still mentally sharp. He lives alone in a small apartment and spends most of his days at home because he’s lost his agility and strength. Unfortunately, his small social security income isn’t enough to afford all the basic necessities. Learn how The Fellowship is helping.
Frieda, an elderly Jewish woman Yael met on her recent trip to Ukraine, is still scarred by what she experienced during the Holocaust. Frieda is 94 years old, and her memory is jumbled because of her health and age. Yet, as she told her scattered stories of the Nazis, they all ended with her memory of “the blood, the blood."