Mykhailo and his wife, Natalia, still remember when they realized how bad the hostilities in their hometown of Lugansk, Ukraine, had gotten. “All the parents of the kindergarten class made nametags for their children and put them into their pockets,” Natalia explains. “This was in order to identify them in the event of a catastrophe.
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When Daniel was diagnosed at birth with severe cerebral palsy, the doctor recommended that his parents leave him behind. His father did just that, abandoning his wife and son. But Danya, Daniel’s mother, loved her son and vowed that she would do whatever she could to give him a good life. Learn how The Fellowship is helping her do just that.
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 . . .
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.