Sergey was in first grade when he arrived at Fellowship-supported Tikva Children’s Home, which cares for homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions of the former Soviet Union.
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Tatiana, 70, still remembers observing Jewish tradition as a child, even during the harsh years of Soviet rule. She continues to inspire her family – her daughter, Lyuba, and grandchildren, Anton, 19, and Augusta, 12 – to hold onto their faith. She is the reason they frequently participate in Kiev’s Jewish community. The Fellowship has been a major part of the family’s life for many years now.
Chava, a 77-year-old widow, lives alone in Israel. She participates in The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship project, which provides impoverished elderly assistance with food, medicine, and companionship.
When the hostilities in Donetsk, Ukraine, started, Igor’s wife, Anna, was pregnant. The couple lived close to the Donetsk airport, which has been the site of a lot of violence during the conflict in the region. Early on in the fighting, Igor and Anna decided that they could not stay in the city. After temporarily moving to several different cities and sustaining damage to their home in Donetsk, they finally decided to move to their spiritual homeland, Israel, on a Fellowship Freedom Flight.
Alla, 69, can barely move. Her hands shake from Parkinson’s disease and her feet and legs are covered with painful, itchy blisters due to Duhring Disease, a rare, chronic skin disorder. Despite the fact that she is in constant pain and has not left her house in over six years, Alla remains upbeat and positive thanks to The Fellowship.